FC Bayern visit Besiktas in a midweek Champions League second leg tie with the match seeming to be a mere formality. We could expect some rotation in a match that almost guarantees to win the tie.
I am once again given the impossible task of predicting the lineup that Jupp will be going with. So I am going to be asking Saul, a distant nephew of Paul the Octopus, a few predictions which may decide his future.
A defense with Rafinha and Bernat
No points for guessing the goalkeeper, it is going to be Sven Ulreich. Ideally, he should be completely out of action for the full 90 minutes. According to Saul, the defense will comprise Rafinha, Niklas Süle, Mats Hummels, and Juan Bernat.
Saul says Sebastian Rudy will be the holding midfield along with my long awaited creative duo of Thiago Alcantara and James Rodríguez. I sincerely do hope I get to see this combination tearing up the opposition’s defense with creative throughballs.
Saul would like to see Thomas Müller on the right wing and Frank Ribéry on the left wing, with Robert Lewandowski starting up front.
Saul says that this lineup should ensure that the Bavarians swim through towards another Champions League quarter-final with a routine victory in Turkey. For any other questions, better call Saul himself.