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Bayern Munich vs Hoffenheim: Lineups, team news, injuries, will Joshua Kimmich be moved to right-back, and more!

Thomas Tuchel starts the year with a right-back crisis.

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While football may mourn the loss of Franz Beckenbauer, the show must go on.

Bayern Munich host the first Bundesliga game of 2024 against the backdrop of a tribute to the late Kaiser. While fans, the media, and executives will be focused on honoring a club icon, Thomas Tuchel and his players won’t have that luxury. Their only concern is beating Hoffenheim and narrowing the gap to Bayer Leverkusen at the top of the league.

Here’s how the team is shaping up to do that.

Team news

There were no new injuries during the winter break, though the club did lose Kim Min-jae and Noussair Mazraoui to the Asian Cup and AFCON respectively. At the time of writing, Eric Dier is completing his medical pending a transfer from Tottenham Hotspur, but the game comes too soon for him to consider taking part in proceedings. Meanwhile, Serge Gnabry and Bouna Sarr are both set to miss the game due to injuries.

So, what will the lineup look like? Thomas Tuchel gave us precious little hints in his press conference, so we have to assume that there won’t be many changes except where necessary. This means a front four with Harry Kane up top supported by Thomas Müller, with Jamal Musiala and Leroy Sané on the flanks.

In the test game against FC Basel, Joshua Kimmich was moved to right-back. It was probably only a temporary measure given the absence of Konrad Laimer that week, but perhaps Tuchel could be considering the switch, at least temporarily. If Kimmich does get moved, then the midfield could possibly consist of Leon Goretzka and Aleksandar Pavlović starting together for the first time this season.

In defense, Matthijs de Ligt likely comes in for the absent Kim Min-jae, but otherwise the names stay the same. Alphonso Davies at left-back, Dayot Upamecano at center-back, and Manuel Neuer between the sticks rounds out the potential first starting XI of 2024.

Here’s what that could look like:

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