It hasn’t been a good week for Bayern Munich, and certainly not for the first time either this season. Following the disappointing draw with Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga, the Bavarians were thrashed by French giants PSG, which followed the sacking of head coach Carlo Ancelotti. The German record champions will go into this game, having Willy Sagnol as their interim boss. They will travel to Berlin this weekend, looking to get back to winning ways.
Let’s take a look at the FC Bayern projected lineup ahead of their clash against Hertha.
Goalkeeper: Sven Ulreich was literally put to chains following his awful performance against PSG. With third choice keeper Tom Starke coming back from retirement, it may well be the last chance for Ulreich to redeem himself as the deputy to Manuel Neuer.
Right Back: Joshua Kimmich will start in the right back position. The German International has been one of the bright spots in a dire season for FC Bayern so far.
Center Back(R): Jerome Boateng will return to the side after being left out of the squad by Carlo Ancelotti in the midweek game. He will be a vital cog in defence for the visitors.
Center Back(L): Mats Hummels will partner alongside Jerome Boateng in central defence. Hummels will look to stop the fierce bunch of Hertha attackers including Vedad Ibisevic.
Left Back: David Alaba is expected to return to the starting eleven. The Austrian was also included in the game against PSG. His clash against former teammate Mitchell Weiser will be a fascinating watch.
Central Defensive Midfielder(R): Arturo Vidal is likely to keep his place in the starting lineup. The Chilean needs to perform better if he is to keep his place on the side.
Central Defensive Midfielder(L): It will be interesting too on who starts alongside Vidal in central midfield. Thiago was awful against PSG but so was Corentin Tolisso. Therefore, we expect the former to be included in the Bayern XI.
Right Wing: Arjen Robben is expected to feature on the right wing. The Dutchman will look to be a vital part of the Bayern offence once again, following the departure of Carlo Ancelotti.
Central Attacking Midfielder: One of many changes Willy Sagnol is expected to make is to include Thomas Muller in the starting lineup once again. The German International was rather ignored by the Italian but will look to redeem himself under Sagnol.
Left Wing: Kingsley Coman might get a starting berth in the team while Franck Ribery and James Rodriguez sit out for the clash. Coman will be hoping to make a telling impact against Hertha.
Striker: Robert Lewandowski will lead the Bayern attack on Sunday. The Polish International could make use of the tired Hertha defence, who were handed a defeat by Swedish outfit Ostersund in the Europa League this midweek.