For the FC Bayern Munich there are still nine competitive games on the program until the end of the year. In the Bundesliga, the league leaders will face the home game on Saturday afternoon Werder Bremen continue. The North Germans have been a welcome opponent in recent years. The German record champions all won the last 22 duels. Against the bottom of the table, a summer newcomer could finally celebrate his competitive debut.
“Tanguy Nianzou will be in the squad tomorrow,” said coach Hansi Flick at the press talk on Friday afternoon. The 18-year-old central defender came on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer and sustained a thigh injury in early September that left him out of action for several weeks. “He does his job well and has worked very conscientiously,” said the Bayern coach, praising the French youngster, who could finally celebrate his debut after a long injury break.
Corentin Tolisso, who is troubled by muscular problems, is definitely not in the squad on Saturday afternoon. With Joshua Kimmich (meniscus surgery) another central midfielder is missing. “It looks tight in midfield,” said Flick, who has already given some thought to how he will occupy headquarters. “I won’t reveal anything,” said the ex-professional, who still has to do without Alphonso Davies (ankle injury).
The 55-year-old sees a small advantage in the guests from Bremen. “You have hardly given up national players and have therefore been able to prepare for the game for two weeks,” said the trainer, who expects a tactically well-adjusted opponent. “Bremen will make life difficult for us,” said the head coach. In the last duel, Werder defended compactly and switched quickly. “We expect that tomorrow too,” said Flick.
The Bayern coach was very satisfied with the final training session on Friday morning, when the team was complete again for the first time. “The team had quality and intensity from the very first moment. It was good training and we are prepared for Werder Bremen,” said Flick.
It is still conceivable that one or the other national player will be given a break, which will not apply to goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. Niklas Süle, on the other hand, who had complained about minor complaints after the win against Ukraine and was also in quarantine before the international break, could initially take a seat on the bench. The same may also apply to Benjamin Pavard, who scored his second international goal on Tuesday night. Instead of the French, compatriot Bouna Sarr could take over the right-back position and form the back four together with Jerome Boateng, David Alaba and Lucas Hernandez.
After the failures of Kimmich and Tolisso, only Marc Roca or Javi Martinez are considered for the place in the central midfield alongside Leon Goretzka. According to Flick, the former trained well during the international break, but Martinez seems to have the better cards in hand. In the offensive there is no way around Thomas Müller and Robert Lewandowski. On the wings, Flick is once again spoiled for choice and could choose the two players who made the fittest impression in final training.