The Bayern Munich Lineup That Should Start Against Salzburg

Nov 25, 2020, 12:30 PM GMT
FC Bayern Muenchen v SV Werder Bremen - Bundesliga
Who should start for Bayern Munich against Salzburg? | Pool/Getty Images

Bayern Munich head into their Champions League clash against Salzburg on Wednesday knowing that a win will secure qualification into the last 16.

Following a draw in the Bundesliga this weekend against Werder Bremen, Hansi Flick's side will be keen to get back on the winning trail once again, and they've been at their all conquering best in Europe so far - winning all of three of their group games, including a 6-2 demolition of the Austrian giants.

So what lineup should Flick go with to ensure Bayern get the job done? Here's 90min's take.

1. Goalkeeper and Defenders

Jerome Boateng
Jerome Boateng will start in central defence for an injury hit Bayern side | Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Manuel Neuer (GK): Club captain and undisputed number one goalkeeper, Neuer will certainly start.

Benjamin Pavard (RB): The French World Cup winner is as steady and reliable as they come, and in the absence of Bouna Sarr and Joshua Kimmich is an essential pick for Flick.

Jerome Boateng (CB): Also a World Cup winner and the longest serving defender at the club, Boateng is likely to leave Bayern at the end of the season - but that hasn't stopped him from enjoying a cracking campaign so far.

Javi Martinez (CB): A holding midfielder by trade, Martinez has been super successful as a centre-back for Bayern and will continue to fill for the injured Niklas Sule.

David Alaba (LB): Usually fielded at centre-back these days, Alaba originally burst onto the world scene as an attacking left-back. With Lucas Hernandez and Alphonso Davies injured, it's time to relive the glory days.

2. Midfielders

Thomas Muller, Leon Goretzka
The German duo have been in great form this season | Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Leon Goretzka (CM): A box-to-box midfielder, Goretzka has stepped up in the absence of Thiago (departure to Liverpool) and Kimmich (injury) this season. Bulked up and bloody brilliant at what he does.

Marc Roca (CM): The young Spaniard was signed in the summer but has only featured for a single minute in the Bundesliga so far. He has a great passing range and excellent defensive instincts, something he'll be hoping to showcase here.

Thomas Muller (CAM): Reborn under Hansi Flick, Muller is an essential cog in the Bayern team and how they operate going forward. He is loaded with goals and assists and will likely be involved in everything they do.

3. Forwards

Leroy Sane, Robert Lewandowski
Two thirds of Europe's most lethal attack | Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

Serge Gnabry (RW): In a free-flowing attacking side, Gnabry will start on the right but he won't stay there. He will float and drive into different positions, likely ending up on the scoresheet thanks to his goalscoring instincts.

Leroy Sane (LW): Much like Gnabry, Sane will be all over the shop in an attacking free-for-all. His pace, directness, vision and fierce left foot make him a threat to the best defenders in the world.

Robert Lewandowski (ST): The best striker in the world bar none, Lewandowski is always on the hunt for goals and normally grabs sack fulls of them on the European stage.