In an announcement during a press conference this morning, the Deutsche Fußball Liga (DFL) has decided to allow Bundesliga and 2.Bundesliga to keep the five substitution rule for the 2020/21 season.
Clearly, this is a move that will benefit a club with a deep roster like Bayern Munich. For a squad that is heavy on both veteran players and young players looking to break through, this is an immense decision.
Official: Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga clubs have agreed to keep the 5 substitution rule for the entire 2020/21 season pic.twitter.com/6OAPRaJ7t1— #DoubleTreble (@iMiaSanMia) September 3, 2020
With the 2019/20 Champions League season having ended (in glorious triumph!) just 12 days ago, Bayern Munich players face a daunting and condensed schedule for the 2020/21 Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal, and Champions League, along with international commitments like the UEFA Nations League.
Now, finding time to rest his stars amid a hectic calendar should be an easier task for Hansi Flick.
This move could be absolutely enormous for players like Michaël Cuisance, Corentin Tolisso, Lucas Hernandez, Jerome Boateng, and Tanguy Nianzou, who each project to be in a reserve role this season.
Given Flick’s knack for managing his personnel, the 55-year-old coach will be able to devise plans for resting veterans, while providing precious game time to young reserves. The depth of Bayern Munich’s roster and the flexibility that Flick now has, should allow him to keep the roster happy and active.
The ruling could also open up more opportunities for players like Bright Arrey-Mbi, Joshua Zirkzee, Chris Richards, Fiete Arp, and Jamal Musiala who could all be called upon this season as Flick juggles the roster.
At this rate, maybe Robert Lewandowski will play until he is 40.