Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick is about as cool as you can possibly be when looking at a midfield depth chart that has been ravaged by injuries.
In addition to starter Joshua Kimmich, reserves Corentin Tolisso and Javi Martinez are both also out-of-commission. Tolisso is still working his way back from a knock and could be available for the Bundesliga this weekend, while Martinez is expected to miss the rest of the calendar year.
Before Bayern Munich can worry about Union Berlin on Saturday, though, the Bavarians have a Champions League showdown with Lokomotiv Moscow on Wednesday. Flick, though, shrugged off any thoughts that he might be worried about who to play in the central midfield.
With the injuries his team is facing, Flick has now had to scroll down pretty far to find a partner to match-up in the double-pivot with Leon Goretzka. The treble-winning skipper, however, does not sound like he is overly concerned about going that deep into the organizational depth chart.
“I’m not really worried. We’ll play with two sixes,” Flick said at his pregame press conference (as captured by Tz). “In addition to Goretzka, we also have Roca, Stiller and Zaiser. Tolisso had a very good training session today, maybe he can be there on Saturday. We have to see how it feels from day to day.”
Flick’s statement definitely was interesting. In some cases in the recent past, Flick has altered his formation to accommodate his roster limitations, but it appears as if he will go with his standard 4-2-3-1 for the Lokomotiv Moscow fixture.
Interestingly, Flick mentioned Angelo Stiller, who might be headed to Hoffenheim soon, and Maximilian Zaiser (pictured in the tweet below at practice earlier today), as potential partners for Goretzka.
If Flick does truly opt to play with a true double-pivot, it appears that Jamal Musiala, a more forward-thinking player, will not line-up next to Goretzka tomorrow against Lokomotiv Moscow as he did in filling in on Saturday when Martinez left the RB Leipzig game with an injury.
For what it is worth, center-back/defensive midfielder Tanguy Nianzou was not mentioned as a possibility because he is not eligible for the UCL Group Stage.