The failure of the Freiburg transfer and its consequences are relegated to the background by FC Bayern. For away specialists, the next important test in Europe is at FC Villarreal.
Julian Nagelsmann has offered Lucas Hernández as a key witness so FC Villarreal can’t just be seen as a draw for FC Bayern.
For many years at Atlético Madrid, the French world champion knows exactly what Munich expects from the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals this Wednesday (9 p.m. / DAZN) at the Estadio de la Cerámica, which can only hold 23,500 spectators. : no evening walk – rather 90 minutes of hard work.
“It’s not a big stadium. It’s going to be a very difficult start for us at the moment, also with the Villarreal fans playing their part,” Hernández said, recommending: “We have to stay calm.”
The Freiburg interchangeable tip is hidden
Freiburg’s breakdown and the sporting club’s objection to Munich’s 4-1 win will fade ahead of the next big night of football in Europe, at least in the squad. He “don’t even think about it,” Hernández said. The focus is only on the next step towards the final in Paris. Surprisingly, Alphonso Davies, who could make a cold return to the team after prolonged myocarditis, should also contribute.
“I already have the idea of letting him start,” Nagelsmann said. The Bayern coach also expressed his misunderstanding of SC Freiburg, who are trying to get three points via the DFB sports field which they “de facto did not win on a sporting level”. .
After his criticism of Freiburg, Nagelsmann spoke only of the review in Spain. After the still cool, the people of Munich went on a leisure trip to the Costa del Azahar Munich In any case, they did not complete the training with their charter plane. For Villarreal, the Champions League is “rather a treat”, favorite Nagelsmann said: “You can play freely and don’t have the extreme result pressure that we have.” Nevertheless, the 34-year-old is ‘very confident that we can win’.
Premier Class Outdoor Specialists
Especially since Bayern is the outside specialist in the premier category. They are unbeaten outside Germany for 25 games. Will this series of records hold up? In the last away defeat, a 0-3 at Paris Saint-Germain in September 2017, the opposing coach was called Unai Emery. And the 50-year-old Spaniard is now the builder of Europa League winners FC Villarreal, who recently knocked Juventus out of the competition with a 3-0 win in Italy. “We want to keep making history,” Emery said.
“We saw them against Juve. These will be hot matches and not marches,” warned Thomas Müller. Incidentally, the 32-year-old forward, like goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, was there when Bayern celebrated a 2-0 win on his Villarreal debut eleven years ago.
After the Munich team fills up again, Nagelsmann must make wise decisions when selecting personnel. During training in cool Munich, he watched closely in a woolen hat and gloves. He had already made the list “with ruler and pen”, Nagelsmann said afterwards. But three positions are still open.
Some question marks for Nagelsmann
Does he trust Davies and Niklas Süle to play at the highest level after only a few minutes in Freiburg? “I haven’t chosen Niki yet,” came the reply. It is also unclear who will play alongside Joshua Kimmich in defensive midfield: Leon Goretzka after his comeback in Freiburg or the young Jamal Musiala, who is also strong in this position?
The third delicate personality concerns the offensive: Serge Gnabry or Leroy Sané is the selection when Nagelsmann returns to the defense at three with the offensive outside Davies. He won’t rebuild much, Nagelsmann revealed. He plans to do this between the first leg and the second leg against Villarreal: “We will definitely rotate more against Augsburg.” In the Bundesliga, the course of the title is fixed.
Villarreal FC: Rulli – Foyth, Raul Albiol, Pau, Alfonso Pedraza – Capua, Parejo – Yeremy, Lo Celso – Gerard, Danjuma
FC Bayern Munich: Neuer – Pavard, Upamecano, Hernandez – Kimmich, Goretzka – Coman, Müller, Sané, Davies – Lewandowski
Referee: Taylor (England)
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