Games will be coming thick and fast for Bayern Munich in the final phase of the season. Die Roten returned to winning ways in the Bundesliga by clinching a thrilling 4-2 win against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. Thomas Tuchel will look to make it two wins out of two games as Bayern head coach when Freiburg visits Allianz Arena in the quarter-final of DFB Pokal on Tuesday.
Bayern has delivered convincing performances in DFB Pokal this season. They qualified for the quarter-final of the competition after an emphatic performance against Mainz in the previous round. Tuchel may look to rotate the team for this game since it is the second game for Die Roten in four days. Let us look at the possible starting XI that Bayern may use on Tuesday.
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting missed the training session on Monday due to a knock. However, Thomas Tuchel confirmed in the pre-match press conference that Choupo-Moting would be fit for the game against Freiburg. Noussair Mazraoui is a doubt for the game against Freiburg since he missed the training on Monday due to illness.
Mathys Tel continues to work on his rehabilitation from an adductor strain that he suffered during the international break. Manuel Neuer and Lucas Hernandez remain long-term absentees for Bayern. The French center-back has been doing individual training on the pitch, but there is still a long way to go in his recovery process.
Predicted Starting XI
Tuchel is unlikely to make a change in the goalkeeping position since Yann Sommer is firmly the first-choice goalkeeper in the team. The Swiss international will be looking to keep a clean sheet on Tuesday after missing out against Borussia Dortmund.
The German coach may make a change in the back four on Tuesday. Joao Cancelo will come in place for Benjamin Pavard in the right-back position. The Portuguese full-back will look to prove a point after starting on the bench against Dortmund. Alphonso Davies will slot in the left-back position, while Matthijs de Ligt and Dayot Upamecano will be the center-back partnership on Tuesday.
Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka were in fine form against Dortmund. It is highly unlikely that either will start on the bench against Freiburg. Thomas Muller will continue to operate in the number ten role since Jamal Musiala will be slowly integrated back into the starting XI after recovering from a minor injury.
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Tuchel may make one change in the attack by bringing in Serge Gnabry for Leroy Sane. Gnabry needs a good performance on Tuesday to get an extended run in the starting lineup. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting will lead the attack, while Kingsley Coman will operate from the left flank against Freiburg.