Bayern, much to their dismay, currently sit fifth in the Bundesliga after an indifferent start to the campaign under new head coach Niko Kova
Fortuna Dusseldorf have their own problems to deal with – only goal difference separates them and the foot of the table.
After winning promotion last year they were not expected to be much further up the league, but need to start picking up points sooner rather than later in order to avoid the drop.
Alphonso Davies could make his Bayern Munich debut against Fortuna Düsseldorf in the Telekom Cup on Sunday (kick-off: 1pm CET/12pm GMT/7am ET) with the Bundesliga champions keen to avenge November’s Dodi Lukebakio-inspired share of the points for Friedhelm Funkel’s side.
Fortuna’s transfer activity has been restricted to snapping up former Germany youth defender Johannes Bühler from Hoffenheim, only to immediately loan him to Aalen.
Funkel is likely to name something approaching a full-strength side with top scorer Lukebakio joined by captain Oliver Fink in a probable 4-5-1 formation.
It was additional winter wonderland than desert sun for FC Bayern as they clad for his or her 1st session of the yr at a covered Säbener Straße following a week’s coaching camp within the heat of capital of Qatar.
Niko Kovac had allowed his squad every day off before hospitable them back to the ultimate travail before outward-bound for Sunday’s Telekom Cup in city (highlights on the market shortly afterwards).
At the tenth edition of the normal pre-season tournament, the record German champions need to check themselves earlier than the Bundesliga restart on weekday at Hoffenheim and also the continuation of the seek for league leaders Borussia Dortmund.
FCB are dead set defend their title from 2017 – their fourth within the competition, that may be a record.
Bayern start up the tournament against hosts Fortuna Düsseldorf at 13:00 CET before Borussia Mönchengladbach and Nerthus Berlin contest their semi-final.
The 2 victors can then play within the final at 16:30. “We’ve got 2 matches every lasting forty five minutes. It’s consequent coaching session for United States of America.
It’s the last likelihood we’ve ought to work on one thing,” same Henry Martyn Robert Lewandowski, United Nations agency is that the competition’s incomparable prime scorer with six goals.
FCB’s solely friendlies of the short winter break ar seen as massively vital earlier than the definitely powerful job at Hoffenheim 5 days later.
“I suppose each friendlies ar the right preparation for the Bundesliga restart. I hope the week goes well and we’re in prime type come back weekday,” Lewandowski another.
Bayern trip city while not veteran wingers Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery (both thigh) still as world champion Corentin Tolisso (knee).
However, material Gnabry and James Rodriguez ar each match once more when missing the tip of 2018, and there might even be a debut in FCB colors for Alphonso Davies.
Bayern Munich Neuer; Kimmich, Süle, Hummels, Alaba; Martinez ;Gnabry, Goretzka, Müller, Robben; Lewandowski
Fortuna Dusseldorf Rensing; Zimmermann, Bormuth, Kaminski, Gießelmann; Zimmer, Bodzek, Stöger, Usami; Lukebakio, Hennings
Fortuna: Rensing – Zimmermann, Ayhan, Kaminski, Gießelmann – Zimmer, Stöger, Fink (c), Morales, Raman – Lukebakio
Out: Contento (knee)
Doubtful: Lovren (abdominal muscle), Sobottka (foot)
Coach: Friedhelm Funkel
Bayern: Neuer (c) – Kimmich, Süle, Boateng, Alaba – Thiago, Goretzka – Gnabry, Müller, Davies – Lewandowski
Out: Ribery (thigh), Tolisso (knee)
Doubtful: Robben (thigh)
Coach: Niko Kovac
Fortuna Düsseldorf vs Bayern Munich at Telekom Cup on 12:00pm Sunday 13th January at ESPRIT arena.
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