Bayern Munich are set to host the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League runners up at the Allianz Arena to play out the first quarter-final tie.
Bayern Munich are keen on defending the UEFA Champions League title after winning it last season against Paris Saint-Germain. The two European giants now face each other off once again in the Champions League as the first leg of the quarter-final will be hosted at the Allianz Arena.
Going into the fixture tonight, Hansi Flick has a mountain to climb against PSG after losing out several key players due to injuries. Serge Gnabry is the latest addition to the long list of unavailable players after the former Arsenal forward tested positive for COVID-19.
Apart from Gnabry, Bayern will be without their main man Robert Lewandowski who has joined the likes of Douglas Costa, Javi Martinez and Marc Roca on the injury list. The countless number of injuries at the host’s camp has depleted their squad strength leaving Flick with a few options to tweak in his starting eleven.
Manuel Neuer will start in goal against PSG and will be protected by a back-four consisting of Benjamin Pavard, Niklas Sule, David Alaba and Alphonso Davies. The two full-backs would look to press high and penetrate down the flanks since Paris Saint-Germain are without any of their first choice full-backs due to injuries.
However, the traveller’s attacking threat must not be taken lightly as the combination of Angel Di Maria, Neymar Jr, Kylian Mbappe and Moise Kean can surely trouble any backline in Europe. With that being said, Hansi Flick is expected to deploy Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka in the heart of the midfield as the two centre-midfielders to contribute equally on all fronts of the pitch.
With Serge Gnabry ruled out from the fixture due to a positive COVID-19 test, Kingsley Coman will be slotted into the left-wing. The former Juventus forward was on target last time the two sides met in the final after scoring the only goal to seal Bayern Munich’s sixth UEFA Champions League title.
While Coman operates from the left, Leroy Sane will play out wide from the right. The former Manchester City forward has been in fine form at his new side and his attacking prowess could pose several issues to PSG’s midfield and backline. Thomas Muller will operate through the centre as he usually does and the German international could prove to be the difference-maker for the hosts as Lewandowski is unavailable.
Former Paris Saint-Germain striker, Eric Choupo-Moting will be given a rare start to fill in the Polish striker’s role in the starting eleven. The 32-year-old has started two games so far for his new side in the UCL and has managed to score a goal in both his starts. Tonight, Choupo-Moting will look to find the back of the net against his former teammates and friends.