Mon 03 October 2022 | 15:09

Nagelsmann to make changes for Bayern’s battle against Plzen

The Bundesliga giants will not have the services of Joshua Kimmich, Thomas Muller and Kingsley Coman for the battle at Viktoria Plzen.

Julian Nagelsmann

might go through his team and change things for Bayern Munich’s battle against Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League on Tuesday and the clash with Borussia Dortmund four days after that.

Bayern Munich began their Champions League season with victories over Inter and Barcelona and are sitting top of Group C. If they grab another victory at the Allianz Arena, they will have won their first three clashes in the Champions League for a fourth time. However, when it comes to domestic stage, Bayern Munich are behind Union Berlin and Freiburg as their results were inconsistent. They will lock horns with Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.

Thomas Muller and Joshua Kimmich will not be available for the battle against Plzen as they tested positive for Covid-19 and Nagelsmann knows that he has to manage the team.

"We need to rotate because of Joshua and Thomas, so there are different ways, there are so many options,"

Nagelsmann said at his pre-match press conference.

"You'll see tomorrow which I decide. We're still in a situation where we need to grab points. 

"It's important for the Champions League to win the game against Plzen, and also to keep the rhythm for the game against Dortmund, where there might be more pressure than in the Champions League.

"Plzen like to play defensively and counter-attack, and that could be a challenge. We'll try to get into our optimum phase considering what is still ahead."

Covid-19 has impacted Bayern heavily as Manuel Neuer and Leon Goretzka withdrew from the Germany national team for the virus last month. The club manager provided a great update on Kimmich and Muller’s conditions and is hoping to have their services back for the battle on Tuesday, saying: "Thomas and Joshua don't have any symptoms, they're doing well. Of course, they would love to play, but nothing has changed.

"We can do the tests on Friday and if those go well, they are candidates against Dortmund. It depends on the tests we will do.

"In general, the incidence is high in Munich so it's a factor that concerns us. We've talked with the players. 

"They've had the suggestion that they're not going to go to the Oktoberfest since the officials took part, so no partying there!

"Outside of the pitch, professional players are normal people. Everybody's looking after themselves."

Nagelsmann also said that Kingsley Coman will not be in action for the Plzen clash notwithstanding the fact that he recovered from his injury.

"First of all, with Kingsley, he is doing well,"

Nagelsmann said.

"He practiced well, he was great, but he's not going to be a part of tomorrow's game.

"We'll try to heighten that [his condition] in the next couple of days and then he's an option against Dortmund, but he's not going to start, that's for sure.

"He is doing well. I have good expectations that he can fill a position in the squad against Dortmund, it would be great to have him, and not so great for the opponent.

"I haven't decided 100 per cent, but Serge is certainly a candidate there. We have to see also what we will do against Dortmund, and what happens with Thomas.

"I've known Serge for ages and I think a lot of him. He doesn't worry too much on the field and plays freely. We have a good connection with each other."

source: SportMob

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