FC Bayern Munich: Assessing options in defensive department

Hansi Flick, Bayern Munich manager. (Photo by CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP via Getty Images)
Hansi Flick, Bayern Munich manager. (Photo by CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP via Getty Images) /
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Benjamin Pavard and Alphonso Davies will be first choice full-backs for Hansi Flick at FC Bayern Munich.(Photo by CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP via Getty Images) /

Full-backs: Solid depth in both positions

The full-back department is interesting for Bayern Munich. Alphonso Davies enjoyed a breakthrough campaign last year. The young winger is now talked in the same breath with some of the best left-backs in Europe. Davies is unlikely to play as a forward due to his performances in the last 12 months.

Apart from Davies, Die Roten can deploy Alaba and Hernandez in the left-back position. Alaba has been playing as left-back for most of his career, while Hernandez has played that role for the National team and Atletico Madrid. The left-back position has depth and quality at Bayern.

On the right-hand side, Pavard remains the first-choice option for Die Roten. The Frenchman prefers playing in central defense, but he did well in the full-back position last season. Pavard may occasionally get a chance to play in central defense due to the arrival of Bouna Sarr from Marseille this summer.

Sarr is an attacking right-back, giving Bayern much-needed variety in this position. Joshua Kimmich also remains an option in case there is an injury crisis, while young Chris Richards can fill in too if needed. Richards started in this position against Hertha Berlin two weeks ago. Both full-back positions are perfectly balanced in terms of different profiles of players.

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With a plethora of options in all positions in defense, Bayern is well placed to mount a strong challenge in all competition. It also allows Flick to be tactically flexible. He can vary formations depending on the opposition and game situation, making them a difficult team to beat in every competition.

How do you assess all options for Bayern Munich in the defensive department? Is it enough to win all six trophies this season?