The DFB Pokal is back in action, and Bayern Munich are set to face Eintracht Frankfurt for a spot in the final. These two teams last met in the final of this competition two years ago, where Niko Kovac denied his future club a chance at silverware.
Under Adi Hütter, Frankfurt arguably play better looking football than they did back then, but they’re not the same fearsome defensive unit they were when Kovac was at the helm. This doesn’t mean they’re pushovers, though — as Kovac himself can attest. If Hansi isn’t careful, he might meet the same fate as his predecessor.
No new injuries to report, except for the fact that Michael Cuisance has a gastrointestinal infection (nuisance?) and will miss the game. Thiago Alcantara had a few problems in training, but Hansi Flick confirmed that he is available to start. Meanwhile, Niklas Sule, Philippe Coutinho, and Corentin Tolisso continue recovering from their respective injuries.
So how will Bayern line up? Well, this is Hansi Flick we’re talking about, so don’t expect any surprises. Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Müller will line up at the head of the attack, and expect some lung-busting performances from them given that they are suspended for this weekend’s meeting against Gladbach. Kingsley Coman and Serge Gnabry are most likely to start on the wings, as they have done for every big game this season.
In midfield, given how Thiago is still beset by niggling issues, we should see Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka line up yet again. The pair are in fine form at the moment, which makes the potential loss of Thiago easy to stomach. It’s a testament to the quality of midfielders Bayern Munich has that someone as good as Thiago Alcantara can so easily be replaced without a discernible loss in quality.
Finally, in defense — as always, no changes. We’ll likely see Alphonso Davies and Benjamin Pavard at the left and right fullback positions respectively, while David Alaba and Jerome Boateng pair up in central defense. With Manuel Neuer in goal, that’s gonna be a tough nut to crack for Hütter’s men, unless Boa ends up getting a red card again.
So, without further ado, here’s how we think Bayern will line up: