There has been some discussion about the strict rotation principle in the past few days, but it will remain with FC Bayern – even against Barcelona FC. “Ideally,” said coach Julian Nagelsmann at the press conference on Monday, he would have replaced Leon Goretzka earlier in the game against VfB Stuttgart so that he could play again on Tuesday. However, that was not possible for tactical reasons, which is why Goretzka will not be in the starting line-up again against Barcelona so as not to be overloaded again too quickly after his recovery. “Marcel Sabitzer will play alongside Joshua Kimmich,” said Nagelsmann, who is otherwise “already clear in many positions” in the line-up.
Apparently there is only uncertainty in central defense, where only Lucas Hernández is seeded, who was given a break against Stuttgart: “I don’t know 100 percent who is playing next to him,” said Nagelsmann, who wanted to “sleep on it one night”. . All three central defenders have recently shown good performances, so the decision is not easy. Matthijs De Ligt would be one option, but for Dayot Upamecano the experience from several games would speak against and with Robert Lewandowski in the Bundesliga. Nagelsmann said he always defended well against the striker in Leipzig.
The third draw in a row in the Bundesliga was certainly not the best preparation for the difficult opponents from Barcelona, and the coach also admitted that the atmosphere in the club was concerned: “In general, I like to win and I’m in a better mood when I win.” However, he is not tense, even if the duel against Barcelona is a position determination: “The impressions of the last two, three, four duels against Barcelona can be deleted from the hard drive. This is a completely different team in appearance.”
“It will be a long time before this striker is history,” says Müller about Lewandowski
However, the main topic at the press conference was Lewandowski’s upcoming return to Munich. as Thomas Müller entered the stage in the Allianz Arena, he said that Sadio Mané had been telling him for two weeks not to pass the ball to Lewandowski on Tuesday evening. “It will be a long time before this striker is history,” said Müller about his long-term offensive partner, whose departure resulted in a change at Munich that has not yet borne fruit in all games. “But even with Lewy, we didn’t have a perfect understanding from the start,” Müller recalled.
The flexibility in the front row just has advantages and disadvantages, which would then be judged positively or negatively depending on the outcome of the game. “We will be confronted with this yin and yang again and again in the coming weeks and months,” said the 32-year-old, who expects an open game against Barcelona, which could even suit Munich: “We’ve been dealing with opponents lately , who defended well at the back. The pure optimist could say, it’s about to start again with a Bayern game that, in hindsight, everyone will like.”