How Bayern Munich Could Line Up on the Opening Day of 2016/17

​German giants Bayern Munich have dominated the Bundesliga over the past five years under the rule of Pep Guardiola. The Spaniard made significant changes to the playing style at the club as well as recruiting some world-class talent.


However, the summer will see the former Barcelona manager move to England to take on a fresh challenge at Manchester City with serial winner Carlo Ancelotti taking the reins in Munich. Here is how the Italian's team could lineup on the opening day of his first season at the club.

11. Goalkeeper - Manuel Neuer

​Manuel Neuer is possibly the finest commodity available in the goalkeeping world right now so it is only logical that Ancelotti will continue to use the German custodian. 


A pragmatic icon in Munich and the 30-year-old certainly has a lot more to give the club.

10. Right-Back - Phillipp Lahm

​32-year-old Phillipp Lahm is still without question one of the finest footballers available in the full-back trade. 


Pragmatically excellent and experienced, the German is a cornerstone of Bayern's modern day exploits and this will not change for the 2016/17 season.

9. Centre-Back - Mats Hummels

​The Borussia Dortmund man has earmarked that he is keen to return to his boyhood club and the elegant German would be a wise investment. 


The national colleague of many of Bayern's defence, Mats Hummels would likely slot into the club's starting 11 with ease and his style of play is ideally suited to the team. 


A player who can dictate proceedings from the back and contribute to the team moving forward, the Dortmund man is a perfect candidate for Ancelotti's 2016/17 side, one who may provide added defensive security, something which is perhaps required at the club.

8. Centre-Back - Jerome Boateng

​Another of Germany's finest will no doubt resume his place in one of Europe's most prestigious footballing institutions. 


Jerome Boateng has grown into possibly the finest centre-back in Europe and will continue to lead by example in Munich alongside his national compatriots.

7. Left-Back - David Alaba

​The youth of the back-line will continue to belong to David Alaba, with the Austrian solidifying his place among the most versatile players in the world under Guardiola. 


Left-back is the 23-year-old's favoured role and it is here where he is one of the most feared entities in world football.

6. Centre-Midfield - Arturo Vidal

​One of Guardiola's final signings in Munich could have a huge role to play in the German side's midfield for years to come. 


Arturo Vidal combines tenacity, discipline, tough tackling and technical brilliance all into one package, the perfect player for a club of this stature.

5. Centre-Midfield - Thiago Alcantara

​Perhaps one of the most underrated midfielders in the world, Thiago Alcantara has had a number of injury woes in recent years, but his class on the pitch in undeniable. 


His creativity and skill are the perfect compliments for Vidal with the duo likely to form a fearsome midfield pivot in years to come.

4. Right-Midfield - Douglas Costa

​Very few players symbolise the Brazilian knack for footballing flair more than Douglas Costa. 


However, the winger has proved that he is more than just a bag of tricks, producing essential output for Bayern throughout the season. 


A player of world-class ability and one who is perfect to usurp Arjen Robben for good.

3. Attacking-Midfield - Thomas Muller

​A player who seems to have no set position or role on the pitch, yet Thomas Muller still manages to produce output way above the required standard every season. 


A mercurial cult icon in Munich and the German will maintain his role at the club for years to come.

2. Left-Midfield - Alexis Sanchez

​The constant injury woes suffered by both Robben and Franck Ribery will most likely push the Bayern hierarchy into investing in a world-class wide player in the summer months. 


Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez could be the perfect candidate for Ancelotti's 2016/17 squad and the Chilean would possibly consider a move to once again assign himself with the true elite of European football. 


His pace, skill, finishing and nous for torturing opposition defences make him perfect for this all-conquering Bayern side, providing them with an option who is not consistently ridiculed with injuries.

1. Striker - Robert Lewandowski

​Few strikers in the world can claim to ply their trade better than Robert Lewandowski. 


The Polish forward is the ideal focal point of this Bayern attack, one which Ancelotti will be sure to invest more faith in and build supply lines to suit his needs.

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