The homework has been done on the transfer market, now FC Bayern is back on the pitch.
When the Bundesliga restarts after the World Cup break, a real blow is in store: it’s an away game at RB Leipzig. (NEWS: Here’s Bayern vs Leipzig on free TV)
Goalkeeper Yann Sommer, who was only recruited on Thursday, is also there. After weeks of alternating poker, he was only able to complete one session with the German record champions. (Jörg Stiel in an interview: Summer not long at Bayern?)
Summer plays: This is what Nagelsmann expects
And yet it will be in the box right away: Julian Nagelsmann gives Sommer direct confidence against Leipzig.
“I expect him not to think too much about it, but to play like he did at Gladbach. He’s an exceptionally good goalkeeper, which will do us good even today against a pressing opponent,” Nagelsmann said of his debutant. DAZN. (News: Eberl Sommer sent this message)
Sommer is “a very good personality who knows how to coach, who has already coached in training. He is a national goalkeeper, has had an incredible number of years and players at Gladbach, with an incredible amount of experience. He should have no reason to be nervous, just play like he is used to.”
The composition of Bayern against Leipzig
In front of the newcomer, Pavard, de Ligt, Upamecano and Davies evolve in defense. Goretzka and Kimmich run in front of them, while Gnabry, Musiala and Sané spin on the offensive. Just opposite Choupo-Moting charge.
Thomas Müller and Kingsley Coman are therefore alone on the bench. There are also newcomers Daley Blind, Marcel Sabitzer, Josip Stanisic, Ryan Gravenberch, Paul Wanner, Mathys Tel and substitute keeper Sven Ulreich.
Nagelsmann founds the Müller-Bankplatz
When asked if this was a coaching statement to bring Choupo-Moting upfront and leave Thomas Müller out, Nagelsmann replied DAZN: “No, it’s not a statement, it’s a decision based on the fact that he (Choupo-Moting, editor’s note) played very well before the break (WM). Also in the preparation now, just like Thomas.
Müller “unfortunately got injured before Christmas after a very good phase. But Thomas is extremely relaxed about the situation. He knows that when his colleagues are playing well, he sometimes sits outside. In the same way, he will start again, and then others will be eliminated. That’s part of it, Thomas trained as well and fought back, he’s just as important as Choupo for us, that won’t change either, all the fans can rest assured.”
And Nagelsmann should be happy: Choupo-Moting scored in the 37th minute to give the visitors the lead.
Technical issues before installation
Surprisingly, the lineups were only released 42 minutes before the match started. Technical issues were the reason, as broadcaster Sat.1 revealed. In the stadium too, all the journalists waited a long time for the line-up. (NEWS: All current information about the Bundesliga)
Usually, the starting formations are presented 60 minutes before the start. Bayern then tweeted the line-up at 7:49 p.m., Leipzig followed four minutes later.
Timo Werner is back in the team, but initially only on the bench. André Silva plays at the top, Konrad Laimer, who is about to join Bayern Munich this summer, forms the double six with Xaver Schlager. Goalkeeper Peter Gulácsi and star striker Christopher Nkunku are still injured.
“We will definitely see and need Timo today,” coach Marco Rose said. The match referee is Daniel Siebert (Berlin).
Leipzig v Bayern: Lineups
leipzig: Blaswich – Simakan, Orban, Gvardiol, Halstenberg – Schlager, Laimer – Szoboszlai, Dani Olmo, Forsberg – Silva. – Trainer: Pink
Munich: Summer – Pavard, de Ligt, Upamecano, Davies – Kimmich, Goretzka – Sane, Musiala, Gnabry – Choupo-Moting. – Trainer: Nagelsmann
(DATA: The Bundesliga table)
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Bundesliga today: RB Leipzig – FC Bayern
Cup winners against champions, third against first – according to veteran Thomas Müller, Bayern want to “lead by example” and “take the lead” from the dazzling start.
The lead over closest pursuer Freiburg is four points, Leipzig are six and their “eternal” rivals Dortmund are nine points behind the leaders.
War announcements could not be heard from the competition. RB always seems the boldest. “The day will come when Bayern will have to leave the throne,” said sporting director Max Eberl.
But coach Marco Rose was clear before the duel: “I don’t need to start bragging and talking about the championship.”
His eleven are ‘really going’ and who is in Bayern’s goal ‘doesn’t matter either. We try to shoot left and right.
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