Update — Tuesday, September 26th, 8:50AM EDT: Center-back solutions emerge
According to Bild, 20-year-old Luca Denk, alongside with Joshua Kimmich and Konrad Laimer, are all available as options to play center-back today. With Matthijs de Ligt, Kim Min-jae, and Tarek Buchmann all out and Dayot Upamecano questionable, Thomas Tuchel will have to get creative with his backline:
De Ligt is out. Tarek Buchmann remains sidelined with injury. FCB II defender Luca Denk (20) trained with the first team yesterday. Regarding Upamecano, he still has a chance to be available in time. Laimer and Kimmich could be options at centre-back if needed [@BILD] https://t.co/MoVzodbD4K— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) September 26, 2023
Update — Monday, September 25th, 4:30 PM EDT: Problems mounting in defense for Bayern Munich
Both Dayot Upamecano and Kim Min-jae apparently missed training ahead of the game. If they’re both out, then Bayern could have zero first team center-backs for the first knockout game of the season. Not exactly an ideal situation to be in. Would someone like Joshua Kimmich have to drop into defense in this scenario?
Thomas Tuchel said earlier that Kim and Upamecano were doubtful for tomorrow. Neither of them can be seen in the training pictures of today's session. Reminder that Matthijs de Ligt is also out. #SCPFCB pic.twitter.com/ojhiobqkub— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) September 25, 2023
Since taking over Bayern Munich from Julian Nagelsmann last season, Thomas Tuchel has lost 100% of his DFB Pokal games thus far. Okay, to be fair, it was really just the one game, but that’s a pretty bad ratio for any coach that he’ll be looking to rectify this week.
SC Preußen Münster are not exactly world beaters — they sit languishing at 15th place on the 3.Liga table, having only won two games all season. With this in mind, Bayern Munich will probably rotate, but who’s going to get the nod? Let’s take a look.
Israeli keeper Daniel Peretz is due his first start since joining Bayern — the 23-year-old will replace Sven Ulreich in the lineup as confirmed by the coach. Aside from this, there are a few injuries to consider — Matthijs de Ligt is still suffering from the knock he took against VfL Bochum, and Jamal Musiala is still not 100% fit. However, at least Raphaël Guerreiro is back in the squad, and fans may get a glimpse of the former Borussia Dortmund fullback as a potential substitute (if not as an outright starter).
In terms of the lineup, this might be a good one for Harry Kane to sit out. Tuchel mentioned Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting in his pregame presser, so we can assume the Cameroonian will be preferred up top. Youngster Mathys Tel, who currently has an absurd scoring ratio in the Bundesliga right now, is also due a start. He may get a chance on the left in a supporting role to Choupo, alongside more experienced players like Kingsley Coman or Serge Gnabry.
In midfield, there are really no other options — it has to be Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka, or Konrad Laimer in place of Goretzka. That’s what happens when you start the season with only three first team midfielders. Where’s Joe when you need him?
The defense might get a bit of a shakeup, with youngster Frans Krätzig potentially coming in to give Alphonso Davies a little bit of rest. Dayot Upamecano and Kim Min-jae are already locked in at center-back, so the only remaining spot in the backline could go to Noussair Mazraoui — a big opportunity for the Moroccan to regain his starting position under the new coach.
Here’s what the XI could end up looking like:
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