Three of the four positions are taken. The two complete backs David Alaba and Joshua Kimmich are currently without alternative. And central defender Niklas Süle Kovac told his new defender at the beginning of the second leg and said, "He's a normal one for the other two."
The creative break he gave Süle for Schalke does not change that either. Jérôme Boateng and Mats Hummels fight for the seat next to him. They were allowed to play together against the Royal Blues. Boateng, however, this year for the first time in the base. Although Hummels was last admitted in the cup final in Berlin (3: 2 n.V.) again an error that led to the goal and then the necessary extension, he still has some small advantages at Kovac. Which of the two will play against Augsburg, then probably in Liverpool, ran from the start.
Again, Kovac has already pledged to a trio. Thiago He pulled back a bit and trusted the Spaniard on the Six as a game designer and more clearly in the defense center. Triple-hero Javi Martínez is hardly in motion. Neither is Renato Sanches.
With four goals in the first three competitive matches of 2019 has become Leon Goretzka currently almost indispensable. The national player, who moved to Munich in the summer, finally arrived in Bayern. Most recently, the attacking ride of Kovac Goretzka slowed a bit and the 24-year-old retreated.
At the moment, another is convincing in the Zehn: James RodríguezIn the first round, the Colombian, who was also stopped by an outer ligament in the knee, was Bavaria's biggest problem child. The relationship with Kovac is not considered the best. But in the last three games he was in the first eleven – and convinced. "The ball is trapped inside him as in a safe," enthusiastic teammate David Alaba: "James is an excellent player." And sports director Hasan Salihamidzic said: "He has left his marks in the games." James said, "I am really looking forward to the Liverpool matches."
Vice-captain Thomas Müller, on the other hand, is currently out – in the Champions League anyway, as he will miss both Liverpool games due to his red-lock.
No road leads into the storm center Robert Lewandowski, on the weekend against the captain of Schalke, passed. For the 30-year-olds the duels with Liverpool are the next chance to show that he can make the difference, even in the crucial Champions League games. This proof he has so far remained guilty of Bayern.
Kovac takes part in the wings Kingsley Coman (22) and Serge Gnabry (23) at a lot of speed. Both started well in the second half. Coman scored the winning goal in Berlin, Gnabry last three goals in two games (two against Hertha, one against Schalke).
In contrast, Arjen Robben, 35, has been missing since the end of November as a result of thigh problems. Franck Ribéry, 35, is fit again after he has broken his torn muscle, but at the moment he can not get past the two youngsters.
Two positions are still open in the Bayern-Elf: the goalkeeper – and the place in the central defense next to Süle. Defending outside Kimmich and Alaba, Goretzka and Thiago make the double six. On the wings Gnabry and Coman storm, in the middle Lewandowski. Behind it is James. (To enlarge, click on the image.) Photo: AZ installation