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Bayern Munich vs Tigres: Lineups, team news, changes for the final, injuries and more! (Update: Muller tests positive for covid)

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How will Hansi Flick deal with the CONCACAF champions?

Al Ahly SC v FC Bayern Muenchen - FIFA Club World Cup Qatar 2020 Photo by M. Donato/FC Bayern via Getty Images

The final is here. As the winners of the UEFA Champions League, Bayern Munich face Mexican side Tigres UANL for the one title that eludes Hansi Flick’s short coaching career so far. Hoping to become the first team since Barcelona to win all six trophies (aka the sextuple) in a single year, the Bavarians have one final hurdle left to overcome.

Team news

Jerome Boateng won’t be with the squad due to a personal tragedy. Apart from that, the injury list stays the same as last week. Javi Martinez and Leon Goretzka were unable to join the squad as hoped.

Let’s talk about the lineup. With Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller leading the line, Hansi Flick has a strong focal point for the rest of his attack to work around. The wings are a toss up — the coach has to choose between Kingsley Coman, Serge Gnabry, and Leroy Sane. Based on what he’s shown so far, Hansi may opt to start with Coman and Gnabry, with Sane coming on as an impact sub. Tigres beat Palmeiras by stalling out their attack for a 1-0 win — some extra firepower on the bench may be needed to take them down.

For the midfield, you should expect to see Marc Roca and Joshua Kimmich start together again. Roca gave a good account of himself against Al Ahly, and he seems to finally be settling into his role at the club. Corentin Tolisso is reportedly not yet at 100%, and Flick may not be ready to give up his 4-2-3-1 for a more attacking 4-1-4-1 with Jamal Musiala in the center. The coach may revisit the formation in case Tigres lead late in the game. For now, control is the name of the game.

With Jerome Boateng out, Niklas Sule is likely to slot back into the lineup as Hansi Flick hopes to keep his string of clean sheets going. Apart from that, expect no changes. Tigres striker Andre-Pierre Gignac has scored 17 goals in 23 games this season, including three at the Club World Cup itself, so he’s going to be a handful for David Alaba and co. to deal with. Hopefully, Manuel Neuer is at the top of his game.

So, without further ado, here’s how we expect Bayern to line up tomorrow:


Update

As usual, Bild’s thinking the same thing we are:


Update #2: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO