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FC Bayern competes in the Champions League cracker at Paris Saint-Germain. Which formation does Julian Nagelsmann choose? An assessment from Munich.

FC Bayern competes in the Champions League cracker at Paris Saint-Germain.

Which formation does Julian Nagelsmann choose?

An assessment from Munich.

Update from February 14, 7:38 p.m.:

The lineups are here!

FC Bayern: Summer - Pavard, Upamecano, de Ligt, Cancelo - Kimmich, Goretzka - Sané, Musiala, Coman - Choupo-Moting

PSG: Donnarumma - Hakimi, Ramos, Marquinhos, Nuno Mendes - Danilo, Verratti - Zaire-Emery, Soler - Messi, Neymar

⭐ With this 𝗫𝗜 against PSG!

⭐#packmas #PSGFCB #UCL

— FC Bayern Munich (@FCBayern) February 14, 2023

Update from February 14, 6:34 p.m .:

That would be a little surprise!

Supposedly, FC Bayern should appear with a three-man chain tonight.

This is reported by the


Sky reporter Florian Plettenberg.

In the past games, Nagelsmann had always played with a back three.

This consisted of Pavard, Upamecano and de Ligt.

The Dutchman revealed on Saturday that he actually prefers to play with a back four.

Should Nagelsmann choose the three-man formation, Sané would probably have his starting eleven place again.

So Coman could plow the left wing, Joao Cancelo the right wing - and Sané could spin on the eight with Musiala.

But all this is still in the future.

We'll know more in an hour.

Bayern line-up against Paris: First information about the Nagelsmann plan leaked – Mbappé question probably resolved

Update from February 14, 5:04 p.m .:

The question of FC Bayern’s line-up in the round of 16 first leg at PSG will only be clarified around 7:45 p.m.

Then the formations should be officially known.

However, the first information may already be leaking out!

According to


Leon Goretzka should start alongside Joshua Kimmich.

That would speak for a back four in the usual 4-2-3-1 system.

Leroy Sané may then threaten the bank because Thomas Müller, Jamal Musiala and Kingsley Coman could form the offensive row of three.

So far this is all speculation.

Update from February 14, 1:50 p.m .: It had been speculated for a long time, now there is apparently a trend in terms of Kylian Mbappé: According to the French newspaper

Le Parisien,

the PSG superstar is

initially in the Champions League round of 16 against Bayern Munich only on the bench!

Mbappé injured his thigh two weeks ago and has been out ever since.

Bluff or not - Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann could not be disturbed with the Mbappé rumors anyway.

He had prepared for the game as if the tempo dribbler would play.

As it looks now, he will do the same - but only as a joker.

Bayern line-up against Paris becomes a Nagelsmann puzzle

First report from February 13, 10:49 a.m .:

Munich / Paris – FC Bayern would have played well for the first six minutes.

"But after the six minutes we weren't playing well anymore.

That continued after the break.

In the quarter of an hour after the break, Bochum was better than us.

They could score the equaliser," said coach Julian Nagelsmann after Bayern Munich's 3-0 (1-0) win over VfL Bochum at the press conference in the Allianz Arena.

At Sky, the 35-year-old from Upper Bavaria became even clearer: "We don't have a great flow.

If we play like this on Tuesday, it won't be enough to progress.

I hope that the excitement of the competition will bring freshness to the mind.”

FC Bayern line-up: who can start in Paris from the start?

Critical words from someone who presumably knows that the weal and woe of his further professional future with the German Bundesliga record champions largely depend on the first leg of the Champions League at Paris Saint-Germain (Tuesday, 9 p.m., here in the live ticker).

Sentences that surprised Sky expert Lothar Matthäus in their clarity.

Some observers were also surprised at the shortness of the half-time speech by Bayern coach Nagelsmann against Bochum, which lasted only one and a half minutes.

The mood seems tense at the Bundesliga giants.

Which is why the line-up against PSG is all the more important than it already would be.


FC Bayern coach: Julian Nagelsmann.

© IMAGO/ Matthieu Mirville

Three questions dominate.

One of them will be answered in the French capital: Can world stars Lionel Messi (thigh problems) and Kylian Mbappé (muscular problems) play for Paris against Bayern?

Super striker Mbappé was part of PSG team training on Sunday.

The always well-informed French sports newspaper


wrote that the 24-year-old vice world champion would probably be fit in time for the CL cracker against Munich.

On Monday, the club finally posted photos on Twitter of how both he and Messi trained normally with the ball with the team.

Lineup against FC Bayern: Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappé fit

So the legendary trident of Messi (who was rested at 1: 3 in Monaco), Mbappé and the moody Neymar could appear together.

Which leads to the second question, this time answered in Munich: does Nagelsmann let a three or a four-chain run?

There is much to be said for the second variant.

Because: A back four basically promises more defensive stability against an opponent who attacks with a lot of speed.

Above all, the flanks are (usually) better protected in this basic formation than with high-level full-backs, who in a back three move backwards into a row of five if the ball is lost.


Neymar (left) and Kylian Mbappé have a special relationship.

© Hendrik Schmidt/dpa-Zentralbild/dpa

However, against the express footballers Neymar and especially Mbappé, this backward movement should prove to be a huge challenge.

Mbappé's speed in particular increases the starting eleven chances of super sprinter Alphonso Davies.

Since the Portuguese Joao Cancelo has settled in splendidly since his loan from Manchester, the place on the right in the back four should then be reserved for the 28-year-old.

Means: The French defender Benjamin Pavard, who no longer even publicly hides his dissatisfaction, could be threatened by the bank.

And of all things against the French series champion.

FC Bayern vs PSG line-up: Kingsley Coman is in excellent form

The third question revolves around who is allowed to play offensively.

After all, there are fewer places to be awarded with a chain of four in the back.

In a 4-2-3-1, one of the possible wingers would no longer fit into the starting formation.

Since Kingsley Coman is in excellent form with four points in the last two games and Jamal Musiala is well placed, it should be a question of whether veteran Thomas Müller starts or the more agile Leroy Sané.

Serge Gnabry is currently probably not the first choice after his first trip to Paris, back then during an English week for Fashion Week.

Lineup of FC Bayern: Thomas Müller speaks more than Leroy Sané

Müller, meanwhile, mulled the ball into the goal in the best Müller manner against Bochum.

That's not the only reason why the 33-year-old veteran probably has more arguments for the starting eleven on his side.

He directs the team and makes a more solid impression in such big games than the changeable Sané.

Müller recently ironed out the discussions about the internal relationship between Nagelsmann and the cabin.

Perhaps one more reason for the Upper Bavarian to trust the other Upper Bavarians.

Estimated formation of FC Bayern against Paris Saint-Germain

Summer - Cancelo, Upamecano, de Ligt, Davies - Kimmich, Goretzka - Coman, Musiala, Müller - Choupo-Moting


List of rubrics: © IMAGO/Mladen Lackovic

Source: merkur

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