It hasn’t been a great start to the season for FC Bayern. The German champions are trailing league leaders Borussia Dortmund by three points in the Bundesliga table, with Carlo Ancelotti’s job in severe scrutiny. The Bavarians are also on the back of a disappointing 2:2 draw against Wolfsburg on the weekend, as they travel to Paris to meet PSG on Wednesday. It will be a crucial clash, as both the clubs look to claim first spot in their group.
Here’s the predicted 4-2-3-1 Bayern lineup to PSG in their Champions League encounter.
Goalkeeper: Sven Ulreich was blatantly criticized for his performance against Wolfsburg. He fumbled a long free kick from Maxi Arnold, which cost the first goal for Wolfsburg. He needs to be at his best against the dangerous PSG frontline.
Right Back: Bayern Munich’s boy wonder, Joshua Kimmich will start from the right. The German International has been a crucial source of crosses this season. Kimmich’s crosses will certainly be needful against PSG.
Center Back(R): On the back of a terrible performance, Jerome Boateng faces a daunting task of keeping out the deadline attacking trio of PSG, consisting of Neymar, Angel di Maria, and Edinson Cavani.
Center Back(L): Mats Hummels will be the partner in crime for Jerome Boateng, as the Germany International duo look to put an end to PSG’s attacking prowess.
Left Back: Good news arrived on the weekend for FC Bayern, as David Alaba is set to return to action after accumulating an injury a few weeks ago. His presence on the left will be crucial for FC Bayern, though it will be a tough challenge for Alaba himself. In case he remains unfit, Rafinha will deputize the Austrian fullback, which seems to be the mostly scenario at the moment.
Central Defensive Midfield(R): Arturo Vidal is expected to start as the central attacking midfielder. The Chilean will be an important figure against the likes of Thiago Motta and Marco Verratti.
Central Defensive Midfield(L): Thiago Alcantara will also return to the field after missing the weekend game against Wolfsburg. Thiago will look to outdo his PSG counterpart Marco Verratti with his sensation range of passing and superb creativity.
Right Wing: Arjen Robben will start against PSG on the right-hand side. The Dutchman joined Giovane Elber as the club’s leading non-German goalscorer(92 goals). Though his teammate Robert Lewandowski follow close with 84 goals.
Central Attacking Midfielder: James Rodriguez was surprisingly rested for the weekend game against Wolfsburg, which cost Bayern dearly at the end. However, the Colombian will be fully fit and raring to go in midweek action against the Parisians.
Left Wing: We might see ‘Robbery’ in action again as Franck Ribery push up for a start in midweek. The Frenchman’s dribbling qualities will be paramount as Bayern attempt to unlock a resilient PSG defence.
Striker: Robert Lewandowski will lead the Bayern attack on Wednesday. The Polish International has a point to prove after a disappointing week. PSG defence will have a daunting task in hand as they attempt to stop the goal-scoring prowess of Lewandowski.
This is how they could line up: