Well, the season’s almost over, and there’s one game left to play before Bayern Munich go on a temporary break. Hansi Flick takes on one of the few coaches to have ever beaten him, Peter Bosz, in his debut cup final. Neverkusen memes aside, Bayer Leverkusen are a fearsome opponent this season, and the team will have to watch out for lethal attackers like Kai Havertz and Kevin Volland.
So will Hansi Flick bring home the double? Or will Neverkusen actually subvert their nickname? Well there’s no telling before the teams actually clash, but at least we can get an idea of who’s gonna be involved.
Let’s skip the formalities and dive straight into the lineups, because this is one of the biggest games of the season. Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller are the first names on the team sheet — there’s no doubt that they will start up top. Joining them on the flanks will be Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman. Sadly, it’s still to early for Leroy Sane to play for us.
The midfield is where things get interesting. Thiago Alcantara is fit and took part in team training this week, so he might be a candidate to start. Hansi Flick even mentioned that the Spaniard could feature in the first XI tomorrow. However, given that Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka have struck up a solid partnership in recent weeks, it’s far more likely that the coach will go with his tried and tested pairing. After all, they performed exceptionally well in Bayern’s recent 4-2 win over Leverkusen in the league — Goretzka got a goal and assist while Kimmich got an assist as well. There should be no need to worry, even if Thiago doesn’t play. Let’s just hope this doesn’t motivate him to go to Liverpool, because that would be a disaster.
Finally, we have the defense. Sorry Lucas fans, your boy isn’t going to start this one. Neither is Alvaro Odriozola, who hasn’t impressed since coming on loan from Real Madrid in January. So Flick has his usual go-to guys to count on — Alphonso Davies and Benjamin Pavard will start at left and right back respectively, while David Alaba and Jerome Boateng take their place in the middle. Rounding out the defense is team captain Manuel Neuer, who will be itching to keep a clean sheet against Bayer’s free-scoring attack.
So with all that out of the way, here’s how we think Bayern Munich will line up against Bayer Leverkusen in the DFB Pokal final. This is a strong lineup, it should get the job done.
Bild agrees with our lineup choices!