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Bayern Munich to play friendly ahead of Champions League restart

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PSG? RB Leipzig? The Bavarians will arrange a friendly for the 31st of July.

Chelsea FC v FC Bayern Muenchen - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: First Leg Photo by Visionhaus

On July the fourth, Bayern Munich’s domestic campaign came to a triumphant end with a win in the German cup. Now, all attention in Munich is on the club’s Champions League aspirations. Unfortunately, Bayern will not have played a competitive game in over a month by the time they line up against Chelsea FC. However, according to TZ, Bayern will play a friendly game on July the 31st — roughly one week before their first CL fixture.

According to the information of TZ and the Münchner Merkur, FC Bayern will play a friendly at the Allianz Arena on July 31. This will serve to prepare for the second leg of the Champions League round of 16 against Chelsea FC and the (potential) final tournament in Lisbon.

This friendly will be vital in match fitness among the players up and to prepare them for competitive matches once again. But just who will Bayern play?

Leipzig are an obvious candidate, for a variety of reasons. Firstly, both clubs remain in the CL, and are on opposite sides of the bracket — meaning a friendly would be of mutual benefit. Furthermore, Leipzig are based in Germany, meaning a friendly may be easier to arrange and play, with minimal complications, even in these times.

The other striking option has to be PSG. Like Leipzig, the French team is on the other side of the draw to Bayern and would provide a high-octane match-up to help the players prepare for tough matches. However, logistics could prove a issue...

It must also be said that Bayern will not necessarily have to be at their best vs Chelsea in what may feel like another warm-up match for them. This means that the Bavarians will arguably have two games until the Hansi Flick tank needs to get into full gear.

So, although the lack of competitive fixtures before the CL resumes is an obvious disadvantage for Bayern, it’s not all terrible. Moreover, the extra rest Bayern is currently enjoying could benefit the team — making them able to go full throttle in the potential four remaining CL games.

One thing’s for sure, this friendly is a good idea to get Robert Lewandowksi, Thomas Muller, and co. back to form. Hopefully the Flicki Flaka steamroller will be back in full force come August!