Picking the Best Potential Bayern Munich Lineup to Face Benfica in Champions League Clash

This season's UEFA Champions League brings with it new excitement, and few clubs can be more mechanically brilliant than Bayern Munich.


Starting off with a tough match in Lisbon, Die Roten will need their starting eleven to step up. With injury problems currently plaguing their talented squad, youngsters like Woo-Yeong Jeong and Paul Will are set to join for the trip to Portugal. 


Lifting the trophy five times, Munich's current crop are hoping they can break Real Madrid's current monopoly to make it number six. 


Here's how Bayern could lineup for their opener against Benfica:  

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Manuel Neuer (GK) - An ever present when fit, the German no.1 will hope to go this season without any injury problems. 


Joshua Kimmich (RB) - One of the best right backs in world football, young Kimmich has made quite the name for himself ever since stepping in for retired legend Philipp Lahm.


Jerome Boateng (CB) - With his summer move to PSG failing to materialise, it seems as if Boateng has revitalised his Bayern career under new manager Niko Kovac.


Mats Hummels (CB) - Seeing Niklas Sule take his position for last weekend's game against Bayern Leverkusen should have Hummels motivated to put in a big performance. 


David Alaba (LB) - The Austrian has been with Die Roten for his entire senior career, and it's very doubtful he'll be going anywhere else soon. 

2. Midfielders

Javi Martinez (DM) - The rangy defensive midfielder can also play centre back, but if Niko Kovac is to go with an attacking lineup, then his ability to manage situations will be needed. 


Renato Sanches (CM) - Playing slightly further forward than the Spaniard, Sanches will still be entrusted to track back. Possibly on the bench if Leon Goretzka beats his fitness test, this call is by no means a lock. 


Arjen Robben (RM) - A Bayern Munich legend, Arjen Robben scored the winning goal at Wembley in 2013. He will have a big part to play yet again if they want to reach the final in Madrid this time around.


Thomas Muller (AM) - Likely to play in behind the forward is Thomas Muller. A man for the big occasions, it wouldn't be a surprise if he snatched the game's first goal.


James Rodriguez (LM) - The on-loan Real Madrid man has stepped up to the plate while in Germany, and will look to improve in his second year with the club. 

3. Forwards

Robert Lewandowski (CF) - The Pole has given Munich a clinical edge since his move from fellow Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund, with 108 goals in 129 games a ridiculously generous return. His ability to find the net may prove the difference maker as they progress in this season's tournament.