As Barcelona and Benfica gear up for an Iberian slap-fight, the more exciting part of Group E gears up for a mature contest of wills. Then again, I’m only saying that because, as a Bayern Munich fan, I have no idea who Dynamo Kyiv are, beyond the fact that they’re Ukrainian champions. Let’s hope that the coach did better homework than that.
With Kingsley Coman returning to team training, only Sven Ulreich and Corentin Tolisso will be unavailable for selection tomorrow. This gives Julian Nagelsmann plenty of options to set up his team, but more options generally doesn’t lead to more variety.
Case in point, let’s discuss the lineup. You just know that Robert Lewandowski will start up top, and he’ll be itching to score after drawing a blank against Greuther Furth last Friday. A hungry Lewandowski is dangerous, and even more-so when supported by Thomas Muller, who seems to have rediscovered his Flick-era mojo following the Barca game. Muller and Lewy will likely be joined by Leroy Sane and Serge Gnabry on the wings, with Musiala and Coman available as subs.
The midfield is also easy to predict, given that Nagelsmann confirmed that Marc Roca is basically not doing enough to make the matchday squad at the moment. As disappointing as that is, at least Bayern fans can look forward to seeing more of Marcel Sabitzer in this midweek Champions League game, given that he hasn’t played much yet. However, expect Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka to keep starting for the moment, and the Austrian relegated to a substitute appearance. Nagelsmann is being cautious with the 27-year-old.
Finally, we have the defense. Benjamin Pavard is set to be suspended for his next two Bundesliga games, so he’ll have to make up the minutes by playing at right-back in the Champions League. Alphonso Davies will likely join the Frenchman on the opposite flank, while Dayot Upamecano and Niklas Sule pair up at center back. No three man backline tomorrow (unless the coach wills it — Nagelsmann moves in mysterious ways).
As always, Manuel Neuer will be stationed between the sticks. Here’s what the whole starting XI should look like:
- Jamal Musiala in for either of the wingers.
- Marcel Sabitzer in for Leon Goretzka in midfield.
- Lucas Hernandez in for either of the center-backs.
No surprises from Bild this time, looks like Nags is planning a normal lineup:
Bayern vs Kiev | Possible lineups [Bild] pic.twitter.com/ym9rRprw6s— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) September 28, 2021
Bayern Munich is set to play yet another match in what seem like it has already been a loaded season. The Champions League is upon us and that means plenty of “English” weeks in the near future.
While Dynamo Kyiv might not be the strongest of opponents for Bayern Munich, the Bavarians can ill-afford to take any squad lightly. Here is what we have on tap for this episode:
- A caution to be wary because Ukraine is having itself a good stretch.
- A quick look at Dynamo Kyiv.
- A complete and utter guess at what Julian Nagelsmann might do with this lineup.
- A prediction on the match.
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