Europe: Liquid soccer, Choupo-Moting, Upamecano, and so on., PSG/Bayern seen from the entrance

PSG will face Bayern Munich within the knockout phases of the Champions League. After this excessive draw, we requested a couple of inquiries to @MediaBayernFr to take the Bavarian temperature. On this system, a glance again at first of the season, a research of the infirmary and the upcoming calendar, the strengths and shortcomings of the Munich ogre.

• The draw for the spherical of 16 reserved us a PSG/Bayern. How do you’re feeling after the draw?

It is a disgrace as a result of we’re not rewarded with our excellent group stage as Nagelsmann says. However that is how it’s and we take it. Now we’ve an opportunity to take revenge for the 2021 quarter-final which was troublesome to digest in view of the primary leg. Some gamers, together with Kimmich particularly, have been already hoping for that final 12 months. The predominant feeling is a sense of revenge, a bit like at PSG.

• How is Bayern’s begin to the season going?

An incredible begin, a section of digestion with an accumulation of attracts within the Bundesliga and a formidable finish to the primary a part of the season after the worldwide break symbolized by the 5-0 victory in Freiburg (2nd at the moment). Bayern are once more leaders in Germany and have been spectacular in C1. We’re on an excellent first a part of the season general, though the beginning has been sluggish within the league.

• What does Bayern’s typical crew appear like in the intervening time? Are a few of Nagelsmann’s selections questioned?

Bayern’s present XI: Ulreich – Mazraoui, De Ligt, Upamecano, Davies – Kimmich, Goretzka – Coman (or Gnabry), Musiala, Mané (or Sané) – Choupo-Moting.

Ulreich within the cages. From proper to left, Mazraoui De Ligt, Upamecano and Davies in protection. A Kimmich-Goretzka double pivot. Musiala indeniable holder. Mané, Sané, Coman and Gnabry alternate on the wings and Coupo-Moting as an anchor in assault. Specifically that this composition of the second can also be defined by the repeated accidents of Thomas Müller and the absences of Manuel Neuer and Lucas Hernandez. To see their integrations after the World Cup.

Julian Nagelsmann is now not questioned about his selections as a result of they work. We play what some name us a “Liquid soccer”. An assault that may blast at any time and above all a really strong protection, as evidenced by the 2 clear sheets in opposition to Barca and Inter whereas we’ve Ulreich on aim, it is spectacular. Upamecano is lastly giving his greatest model of himself as Lucas Hernandez, our greatest defender, is injured from Barcelona.

“Choupo-Moting doesn’t substitute Lewandowski within the composition, he’s a part of the composition”

In assault, Choupo is used as an anchor and has absolutely built-in into Nagelsmann’s ways, which explains his kind in the intervening time. He doesn’t substitute Lewandowski within the composition, he’s a part of the composition.

A damper ? Sure, the crew misses far an excessive amount of in entrance of aim. That is additionally what value us the qualification in opposition to Villarreal final 12 months. It isn’t the protection however the assault that’s checked (maybe we have been too predictable). The one discussions round Nagelsmann are modifications, we wish to see Gravenberch, Tel and even younger individuals from the middle like Wanner or Ibrahimovic extra usually.

• The final conflict was truncated by quite a few accidents on either side. A small level of the present infirmary in your facet?

As beforehand introduced, lengthy absences for Lucas Hernandez and Manuel Neuer. Repeated absences for Thomas Müller, who seems his age. A couple of accidents right here and there, notably Sané and Coman however nothing alarming. For Sadio Mané additionally extra not too long ago, touched this Tuesday in opposition to Werder. However what has modified since 2021? Bench depth. Lucas is injured? We have now De Ligt and Pavard able to changing him. Davies injured? We have now Lucas or Stanisic (even when the latter is clearly way more restricted). Mazaroui unavailable? We nonetheless have Pavard and Stanisic. Somebody lacking within the double pivot? We have now Sabitzer and Gravenberch.

Musiala is a starter right this moment and even higher. He takes the place of Müller, and may also take the wings or a spot within the double pivot. And in assault, no must re-specify our variety of wingers.

• We all know that the World Cup goes to be vital. What number of gamers (roughly) will Bayern ship to Qatar?

Virtually all of our beginning XI. Among the many main gamers, Marcel Sabitzer is certain to overlook the World Cup and now Sadio Mané is added to it since he won’t be going to the World Cup in accordance with the newest data that has appeared in current hours.

• The lengthy truce in this system within the Bundesliga (November 12 – January 20) could favor Bayern on a bodily degree whereas PSG are going to do quite a bit. Do you assume so?

Sure it’s potential, it is usually potential that PSG have extra rhythm than Bayern however it’s at all times the identical debate with the Bundesliga golf equipment or the English golf equipment which play on Boxing Day. I feel it is a minimal factor. Particularly with this World Cup within the center. The second a part of the season won’t be a second a part of the season however a brand new season.

NB: A giant thanks to @MediaBayernFR for his or her availability.

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