Bayern Munich officially booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League with their 4-1, second leg win over Chelsea in the round of 16, finishing 7-1 on aggregate. The squad has already traveled to Portugal to prepare for the quarter-finals against Barcelona, but Benjamin Pavard has stayed behind in Munich as he works his way back to full fitness from his ankle ligament injury.
Per a new report from kicker, Bayern has a plan in place for Pavard to individually travel to Portugal should it be deemed by Bayern’s medical and training staff that he’s fit enough to play. The plan is for him to go through a series of different fitness tests this coming week to determine whether or not he’s ready to resume action.
After the win over Chelsea on Saturday, Hansi Flick remained increasingly optimistic that Pavard will be able to play a part in the quarter-finals, or at least the semi-finals if they get past Barcelona. Speaking about his French defender, Flick said, “We’re in good spirits, he’s making progress.” He also referred to the World Cup winner as “iron,” adding that “he tries everything.” It’s safe to say that Flick doesn’t have even the slightest shred of a doubt that Pavard won’t be doing everything he possibly can to be ready to face Barcelona on Friday.
If Pavard isn’t given the green light, Flick will likely have to deploy Joshua Kimmich at right back again, where he stood firm against Chelsea while walking a disciplinary tight rope. Had Kimmich seen yellow in that match, he would’ve been unavailable to face Barcelona.
Elsewhere in the squad, both Jerome Boateng and Alphonso Davies sustained slight knocks during the win over Chelsea, but neither seem to be anything of grave concern - both players should be fit for Barcelona. Kingsley Coman was left out of the squad for the Chelsea match as a precaution, but he should be available against Barcelona as well.