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Flick to rest Neuer and Lewandowski ahead of Atletico match

Mon 30 November 2020 | 16:28

With having his side already qualified, Bayern Munich has no reason to sweat over Atletico Madrid’s match

Hansi Flick

confirmed

Manuel Neuer

and

Robert Lewandowski

will stay at Munich following their Tuesday Champions League away match against

Atletico Madrid

.

Poland international,

Lewandowski

, has sustained an unspecified injury, while it appears 34-year-old Neuer has been rested.

The German manager also confirmed

Leon Goretzka

and

Corentin Tolisso

will remain in Germany following their injury, as well as long-termed absentees

Alphonso Davies

and Joshua

Kimmich.

Bayern Munich secured an early qualification with a 3-1 win over

Salzburg

last week, which was their fourth win out of their four Champions League matches this season. While

Diego Simeone’s

side have bagged just five points from the same number of games, just two points more than third-place

Lokomotiv Moscow

.

Bayern has a 24-match undefeated home run in the Champions League, and a win is essential to equal their longest run of consecutive away wins in the competition of seven.

"It will be a challenge for all of us," he said. "The team is second in LaLiga and they have the best defence and the second best offence. 

"The coach has been working for this team for years and is always taking it to a new level. It is a pleasure for us to play against Atletico in Madrid.

"The team that copes best with the conditions will be successful. We take it seriously when a player is not 100 per cent fit. The squad for Madrid is selected so that every player is 100 per cent fit.

"There will be important games in the next two and a half weeks so we have to stay on the ball."

Flick revealed 24-year-old

Alexander Nubel

will start in goal, who joined the club on a free transfer from Schalke ahead of the 2020-21 season. He kept a clean sheet in the only game he featured this season in Bayern's 3-0 DFB-pokal win over

Duren Merzenich

.

Flick

, though, expects him to show his potential.

"It will be that Alexander plays,"

he said.

"He shows his quality in training and now he can show his quality in the Champions League."

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