With the season coming to an end and Bayern Munich looking forward to long-awaited title celebrations, only two things are left on the bucket list for the Augsburg game. The first is the mythical 41st goal, which is all that Robert Lewandowski needs to overtake Gerd Muller and officially beat his record for most goals in a single Bundesliga season.
The second, on the other hand, is far more melancholic. Hansi Flick, David Alaba, Jerome Boateng, and Javi Martinez will all have their final game for Bayern tomorrow, after which all four will go their separate ways. For the men who have won everything possible at this club, the farewell is bound to be an emotional one.
Hansi Flick confirmed in his press conference that Javi, Boateng, and Alaba will all start tomorrow, which is the right thing to do. With Goretzka out, at least one of them will have to play in midfield, and it might not be the one we expect.
Anyway, let’s talk about the lineup. Robert Lewandowski needs one more goal to be immortalized forever as the man who broke Gerd’s record, and he’s definitely going to be itching to get it. Joining him up top will likely be Thomas Muller, with Leroy Sane and Serge Gnabry probably on the wings. Jamal Musiala and Kingsley Coman might be options off the bench, or starters if Hansi wants something different from his wingers.
In midfield, David Alaba is more likely to pair Joshua Kimmich than Martinez, even though the Spaniard is a more natural defensive midfielder. Alaba is more mobile, which suits Flick’s tactics better. Javi might be better off in defense, where he won’t need to run as much. Let’s hope he gets the chance to put a few headers on target, though. It would be nice to see him score in his last game.
Joining Javi will be Boateng in central defense, marking the end of a decade as a starter at the heart of the best team in Germany. They will likely be flanked by Alphonso Davies and Benjamin Pavard, with Manuel Neuer donning the armband in goal.
The game will be the most emotional one we’ve had since Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery left the club in 2019. That was marked by a spectacular 5-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt, so let’s hope Bayern have something similar in store for tomorrow.
Here’s what the lineup should look like: