Bayern Munich: Predicted starting XI for Bundesliga Der Klassiker

Bayern Munich host Borussia Dortmund on matchday 26 of the Bundesliga. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
Bayern Munich host Borussia Dortmund on matchday 26 of the Bundesliga. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images) /

The Bundesliga will resume this weekend after the final international break of the season came to an end on Wednesday. Bayern Munich is involved in the biggest game of matchday 26 as they host Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. It is a crucial game in the title race as both sides are separated by a point in the table.

Bayern had suffered a setback in their last game before the break as Bayer Leverkusen came from behind to clinch a 2-1 win on matchday 25. The defeat away at Leverkusen also led to a coaching change at Bayern as Thomas Tuchel will be in the dugout on Saturday. Die Roten will look to reclaim the top spot by beating Dortmund. Let us look at team news and possible starting XI for record Bundesliga champions.

Team News

Jamal Musiala and Leon Goretzka have been part of the first team training on Friday. Thomas Tuchel confirmed in the pre-match press conference on Friday that both players will be part of the squad against Borussia Dortmund.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting has also recovered from a back injury. The Cameroon international has been training with the squad since Tuesday. Mathys Tel will miss the game against Dortmund after picking up an injury during the international break. He is expected to be out for two to three weeks. Lucas Hernandez and Manuel Neuer are long-term absentees for Rekordmeister.

Predicted Starting XI

Yann Sommer kept two clean sheets for Switzerland during the international break. Thomas Tuchel is expected to pick Sommer in the starting XI. The Swiss goalkeeper will look to continue this run of form and pick up a clean sheet on Saturday.

Tuchel will reportedly look to use a back three against Dortmund. In such a scenario, Dayot Upamecano, Matthijs de Ligt, and Benjamin Pavard will form the back three. All three defenders have been in fine form for club and country, so it makes sense to stick with them. Joao Cancelo and Alphonso Davies will occupy the wing-back positions.

Thomas Tuchel praised Joshua Kimmich in his pre-match press conference on Friday. He is likely to be one of the key players for the German coach. Kimmich is expected to start in the number six role against Dortmund. Leon Goretzka will partner with his compatriot in the center of the park.

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The newly appointed head coach of Bayern didn’t get a complete week to work with all players. He is likely to stick with players that trained for the majority of this week. Leroy Sane and Thomas Muller will operate as two number tens just behind Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting. If Jamal Musiala was not returning from injury, he would have definitely started on