Bayern visit Anderlecht in the fifth matchday of the Champions League. Jupp Heynckes comes to Belgium riding the rotations train.
It has been a pleasant month and a half since Jupp Heynckes returned to Bayern. The team look more solid, and there is a proper footballing idea driving them on collectively. Javi Martínez returned to the midfield and James Rodríguez found his place. In all, Heynckes brought stability to a team lacking direction.
Tomorrow, however, Heynckes will bring rotation. He said as much in the press conference prior to the game against Anderlecht.
Kimmich + 3
The only bloke not rotating in defence will be Joshua Kimmich. Rafinha misses out on the game with an ankle problem. Juan Bernat, who started in the weekend, also features in our lineup. His performance as a winger was not bad at all, but he will be needed in his usual left-back position this time around.
Jérôme Boateng makes a return to the Startelf to Kimmich’s left, per Heynckes’ indication. Niklas Süle completes the defence, giving Mats Hummels – and his cut boots – a much-deserved rest.
Mixed middle, potent attack
Heynckes also gave the nod to Corentin Tolisso and Sebastian Rudy in the presser. Indeed, they both deserve a chance at the Startelf, if for different reasons. Rudy has proved to be arguably the best signing of the summer. He is intelligent, physical and delightfully simple in both phases of play. Tolisso, on the other hand, needs playing time to assert himself and realise his potential. You could almost argue that Rudy and Tolisso are somewhat complementary to each other. Rudy’s defensive solidity could afford Tolisso some space to run forward and help out with the attackers.
Speaking of the attackers, tomorrow should see the very welcome return of Thiago Alcântara to the lineup. He returned from the international break with a slight knock, but has regained fitness.
To his sides are Arjen Robben and James Rodríguez. The latter starts on the left, which is not his natural position. James benefits from Kingsley Coman’s injury.
Up front? Robert Lewandowski. Need I say more?
Put simply, Bayern need to win if they want to have a shot at the first place. Additionally, they will be looking for Celtic to help out by holding PSG to a draw. This lineup provides opportunities for players who have made fewer appearances, but still boasts a healthy amount of dynamite.