Bayern will be looking for a perfect balance of rotation as they try to get revenge against Borussia Mönchengladbach after losing the previous Bundesliga encounter against them.
Jupp Heynckes’ Bayern Munich side will face Borussia Mönchengladbach on match week 30 of the Bundesliga. The Bavarians will definitely be looking to win this time around. Borussia Mönchengladbach are however in a slump, winning one of their last five games. They are also not very good defensively letting in the 5th most goals in the Bundesliga. This should wet the appetite of the Bayern attackers especially after a goalless draw in their mid-week fixture.
- There has been no indication that Manuel Neuer has fully recovered from his injury but he has been training really well on the field. Kingsley Coman remains out and Arturo Vidal is not fit enough to play as yet.
What Jupp Said
- David Alaba is likely to return, Jupp said that “David trained well yesterday and today, and if he does not show a negative reaction he will play tomorrow, that’s clear.” Arjen Robben is a doubt for the matchup with Jupp saying: “Arjen Robben has suffered a severe knee injury against Sevilla, so he has not trained today, I have to see if he can tomorrow, if he can, he will start.”
- Heynckes also spoke about the draw against Real Madrid in his presser, saying: “I have to say that it’s a blast game, a giant meeting in a good way.”
- Jupp also spoke about incoming manager Niko Kovac saying he loves the manager’s work ethic: “He is a hard-worker, a good man. A very good choice.”
Jupp Heynckes may opt to rotate the side after a very physical matchup with Sevilla. The likes of Sebastian Rudy and Corentin Tolisso, who missed out on the midweek match, may get a chance to show themselves.
The attacking third
Thomas Müller may get the start depending on the extent of Arjen Robben’s injury and how he reacts to training. Robert Lewandowski might get the rest he deserves, giving Sandro Wagner the nod after being made a virtual punching bag against Sevilla. The striker was physically battered and he had a swollen face after the match. Franck Ribéry will complete the attacking front three.
The midfield engine
Jupp Heynckes heaped praise on James for his work rate this week, saying: “James Rodriguez ran 12.8 km on Wednesday. These are the values that Bastian Schweinsteiger had at his best.” However, Jupp may rest him in this fixture and pair Thiago Alcantara with Corentin Tolisso. Sebastian Rudy should come in for Javi Martínez at the central midfield position.
David Alaba should make his return to the lineup this weekend, replacing makeshift left-back Rafinha, who has been doing well in the position. Niklas Sule and Mats Hummels should be the centre-back pairing as Joshua Kimmich completes the defence.
There should be no change here as Sven Ulreich continues with no word of when Manuel Neuer will return.