Bayern Munich Sweat Over Jerome Boateng Fitness Ahead of Champions League Final

Aug 23, 2020, 10:00 AM GMT+1
Boateng was brought off at half time of his side's semi-final win | CHRISTOF STACHE/Getty Images

Bayern Munich face an anxious wait to see whether Jerome Boateng will be fit to start against Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday evening.

The German defender was brought off at half time of his side's 3-0 semi-final win over Lyon, coming off as a precaution having suffered a slight muscular problem.

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It didn't prove to be too costly for Die Roten as they scored twice in the final 45 minutes to book their place in the Champions League final, but the vastly experienced Boateng may be forced to miss out on Sunday's showpiece entirely.

One of the glaring weaknesses in Bayern's victory over Lyon was their vulnerability on counter attacks, having opted to play a (very) high line. Even when Niklas Süle came on for Boateng, the Bavarians persisted with the tactic. Yet despite some concerns over the ploy, Hans-Dieter Flick looks set to maintain that style against PSG.

Should Boateng be unavailable, Flick revealed that it won't have any bearing on his side's approach.

"What’s important is that we can press the opposition when they’re in possession and then when the ball goes into that space in behind us, our defenders need to make sure that we cover all of that ground," he said, via The Times.

A series of chances went begging for Les Gones, with the fear being that ruthless duo Neymar and Kylian Mbappe won't let such opportunities be squandered. Both possess frightening pace, something that Süle and Boateng, aren't exactly renowned for.

Will Flick be all smiles come Sunday evening? | DAVID RAMOS/Getty Images

Flick clearly has the confidence in his defenders to cope with such situations, which, he has every right to given his side look imperious on the European stage and secured a league and cup double domestically. PSG's forward line will still smell blood, however.

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