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Ivan Perisic Starts Ahead Of Coutinho | Predicted Bayern Munich Lineup Vs Olympique Lyon

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Jack O’Brien
A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

Bayern Munich are eyeing their first treble since 2013 as they lock horns with Olympique Lyon in the semi-final of the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday. Having registered a thumping 8-2 win over FC Barcelona in the last round, the Bavarians are hands down the tournament favourites. However, they will be aware of their tricky opponent, who have already knocked out clubs like Juventus and Manchester City.

Predicted Bayern Munich Lineup Vs Olympique Lyon

Defence

Manuel Neuer showcased his true quality in the win over Barcelona in the last match. He is set to retain his place in between the sticks and will hope for a clean sheet this time around.

Bayern Munich still have Benjamin Pavard out injured, meaning Joshua Kimmich should once again start at right-back, ahead of Alvaro Odriozola. Alphonso Davies, meanwhile, is a guaranteed starter on the opposite flank as the Canadian looks to continue his fiery run of form.

Jerome Boateng was taken off in the second half against Barcelona, as a precaution. That means that the German is more than likely to retain his place in the starting lineup.

He will start alongside David Alaba, at the heart of Bayern Munich’s four-man backline. It will be interesting to see how these two implement the high line of press against a pacy Lyon attack.

Predicted Bayern Munich Lineup Vs Olympique Lyon - These two are ready.
MUNICH, GERMANY – AUGUST 07: David Alaba (L) and Jerome Boateng of FC Bayern Muenchen run during a training session ahead of their UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match against Chelsea FC at Saebener Strasse training ground on August 07, 2020 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by FC Bayern – Handout/Getty Images)

Midfield

Thiago Alcantara has performed really well in the Champions League so far. His understanding of the game, combined with his technical prowess, should be Bayern Munich’s answer to Lyon’s Houssem Aouar.

Thiago will partner Leon Goretzka in the double-pivot of Hansi Flick’s 4-2-3-1. The German international’s ability to sense danger along with his physical qualities could be key in dealing with the hard-working Lyon midfield.

Attack

Kingsley Coman and Philippe Coutinho are both options for Flick heading into this encounter. However, the Bayern Munich coach is more than likely to stick with the wide attacking duo of Ivan Perisic and Serge Gnabry in this fixture. They have enough experience, and the fans will hope that they can replicate their performance against Barcelona on Wednesday.

Elsewhere, Thomas Muller should retain his role as the Ramdeuter. The German was one of Bayern’s best players in the win over Barcelona and coach Flick would have similar expectations this time around.

And finally, the Bavarian attack will be spearheaded by none other than Robert Lewandowski. The Pole scored only one goal in the last game and would be hungry to extend his tally against Lyon.

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