Bayern Munich has officially released their full squad for the Champions League group stage this season. Although most of the club’s new signings were included, along with a handful of youngsters, Tanguy Nianzou has been left out of the squad due to a thigh injury (AZ). He was also left out of France’s U-21 squad for their matches during the international break. Given his exclusion from Bayern’s Champions League squad, he might be facing a spell on the sidelines even though he was originally expected to make a comeback at the end of this month.
Of course, Bayern can still add Nianzou to the squad in the winter ahead of the knockout stage of the competition, assuming they progress out of the group. That will likely also depend on how Nianzou performs when he returns from injury, even if that includes spending some time playing with Bayern’s reserves in the 3. Liga. Hopefully, for Bayern’s sake and his own, he’s able to hit the ground running after returning from his thigh problem and prove why he’s “one of the greatest defensive talents,” as Ralf Rangnick has described him. He’ll be a vital piece of Bayern’s defensive depth once he returns to action and is fully fit.
Bayern’s Full Champions League Squad:
Disclaimer: this list is from UEFA.com and obviously has players listed in positions they don’t typically play in.
Manuel Neuer, Alexander Nübel, Ron Torben-Hoffmann
Niklas Süle, Benjamin Pavard, Jerome Boateng, Bouna Sarr, Lucas Hernandez, David Alaba, Bright Arrey-Mbi,
Joshua Kimmich, Javi Martinez, Leroy Sané, Douglas Costa, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Joshua Zirkzee (player list “B”), Leon Goretzka, Alphonso Davies, Marc Roca, Corentin Tolisso, Malik Tillman, Chris Richards (player list “B”), Jamal Musiala
Serge Gnabry, Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Muller, Kingsley Coman
Bayern open up their Champions League campaign in group A on October 21 against Atletico Madrid at the Allianz Arena, followed by a trip to Moscow, Russia just six days later to take on Lokomotiv Moscow. Squad depth will be crucial with how close together matches are in this competition this season packed around fixtures in both the Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal as well.