With just three games left to go in the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich are almost at the finish line. By the time this game kicks off tomorrow, the team could already be crowned champions, depending on whether Borussia Dortmund can beat Leipzig in tomorrow’s early kickoff.
However, even with the Meisterschale all but secured, there’s plenty to play for — Hansi Flick’s sendoff being one, but Robert Lewandowski’s record chase being the main concern. With the Poland international needing just five more goals to beat Gerd Muller’s legendary record, all eyes will be on the Bayern offense, which failed to any signs of life against Mainz two weeks ago.
There’s not much to say, because there’s not been much movement in that department. Douglas Costa is mentally back in Turin, so he’s out for this one. Marc Roca exists only in the dream realms described by HP Lovecraft, so he’s out too. Corentin Tolisso’s recovery is progressing well, but tomorrow may be too soon for him to return — and the same goes for Niklas Sule.
That still leaves the coach with a sizable contingent with which to secure the title. Robert Lewandowski will naturally start up top, supported by Thomas Muller at attacking midfield. Who the wingers will be remains a mystery — it could literally be any one of Musiala, Gnabry, Sane, or Coman. None of them except Musiala have been in good form lately, but the 18-year-old is still a little young to be a regular starter.
Based on the lineups seen against PSG, Coman and Sane seem to have the coach’s trust, so maybe they’ll get the nod against Gladbach too. Some Bayern fans may groan at the sight of them starting another game — but honestly, we don’t have many options at the moment. Relying on an 18-year-old is sketchy, it’s understandable why Flick doesn’t want to cast Musiala off the deep end.
In midfield you’ll get to see Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka start together once again. They’re basically impossible to displace from the lineup. As for the defense, given that everyone was rested, we’ll probably see Alphonso Davies, David Alaba, Jerome Boateng, and Benjamin Pavard line up in that order across the back line. Lucas Hernandez may be the team’s most in-form defender, but he’ll have to wait until Nagelsmann takes over to start seeing consistent game time.
So, here’s what tomorrow’s lineup should look like. Will it be enough to win the title?
Here’s how Bild thinks we’ll line up.
Bayern's predicted XI against Gladbach, according to BILD:— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) May 7, 2021
Neuer – Pavard, Boateng, Alaba, Davies – Kimmich, Goretzka – Gnabry, Müller, Coman – Lewandowski
Apart from Gnabry coming in from Sane, we seem to agree.