Bayern Munich, the best football team in Europe, have got even better since they last kicked a ball competitively.
Remarkably, a team that was pretty much perfect have added one of the most frightening forwards in world football to their ranks in Leroy Sane. The transfer was completed some time ago, but he’s in line to make his debut for the club when they kick off their Bundesliga season at home to Schalke 04 on Friday.
Regardless of who starts the match we can expect the same vintage Bayern, however, here’s who should start for Hans-Dieter Flick’s side at the Allianz Arena.
Manuel Neuer (GK) – Of course Neuer is going to start this one.
Benjamin Pavard (RB) – The Frenchman should be given a start in his favoured right-back slot as there will be a change around in the midfield to what started the Champions League final.
Niklas Sule (CB) – Jerome Boateng is unlikely to be fit after suffering an injury against PSG, so man mountain Sule will take his place in central defence for the sole purpose of scaring the living daylights out of the opposition.
David Alaba (CB) – Another player who is touch and go, but you just can’t rule Alaba out of anything. Be it recovering from injury, nailing a tackle or winning a header, you back him each time.
Alphonso Davies (LB) – The mere thought of Davies on the left hand side with Sane just in front of him is utterly terrifying.
Leon Goretzka (CM) – One of the multitude of Bayern players who have significantly bulked up since joining the club, Goretzka’s role in the midfield is to press hard and be intense with his defensive duties. He does them all so well.
Joshua Kimmich (CM) – No Thiago on this occasion – let the rumour mill run wild – with the most complete footballer on the planet coming into midfield. Kimmich is immense at right-back, but he’s even better in the middle of the park.
Thomas Muller (AM) – While Robert Lewandowski should have won the Ballon d’Or, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who wouldn’t have put Muller as a close second in the running.
Serge Gnabry (RW) – If you posed the question of who is a more devastating finisher in Europe right now, the only answer is probably Gnabry’s Polish teammate. He’s lethal in front of goal, the left of it, to the right of it, everywhere.
Robert Lewandowski (ST) – Cruelly denied a Ballon d’Or award after its cancellation, anyone with a Bundesliga fantasy team should probably be captaining Lewandowski every week. If you haven’t, you should start now.
Leroy Sane (LW) – The man on everyone’s lips is in line for his Bayern debut, coming up against his former side. So dangerous at Manchester City prior to his injury, everyone will be reminded just how ridiculously good Sane is this season.