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FC Bayern Munich
After Lewandowski-shock: Flick needs to find a Plan B

Munich’s Thomas Mueller (R) stands next to coach Hansi Flick to coming off the bench

© Sven Hoppe / DPA

Now Robert Lewandowski hits the longest injury as Bayern Pro. But how to replace it? Coach Hansi Flick is working on solutions to replace the Superstar. He could take this as an example to Joachim Löw.

Hansi Flick’s not complaining, not even after the failure of world footballer Robert Lewandowski. To Start pioneering weeks of FC Bayern, the Bundesliga summit against RB Leipzig and the king class blast against Paris Saint-Germain as the first tasks of the success of worked the coach instead immediately to solutions for the extremely human problems of the triple winner. At the front it is necessary to replace Lewandowski, the defense because of the Lock of Jérôme Boateng (5. Yellow card) and Alphonso Davies (Red card) in the rebuild. After all, Niklas Süle, the left because of muscular problems from the national team seems to be fit again.

Flick likes to point out, “to live in the Now“, the focus of the succession candidate for national coach Joachim Löw is the Leipzig game. The violation of Lewandowski, the need to pause because of a ligament strain in his right knee expected to be four weeks, it also demonstrates once again how quickly situations can change. The Double objectives of the FC Bayern are at risk, Lewandowski record hunting on the Gerd-Müller-best brand stopped.

Thomas Müller: Other need to jump into the breach

Bayern should take place on the Saturday (18.30 p.m./Sky) in Leipzig, victories, and the fight for the championship with seven points ahead of the voltage, would weigh the Lewandowski’s failure in the Champions League heavier than in the Bundesliga. In Europe, the quarter-final first leg for the defending Champions on Wednesday against Kylian Mbappé, Neymar & co. home. Six days later, the decision on Further falls in Paris in the new edition of the previous year’s final.

“Lewys violation is naturally bitter for us,“ said Vice-captain Thomas Müller. The Assembly line scorer from the case of a “worst possible time“. “Other people have to jump into the breach, which is not in football for the first Time,“ said Miller in a pragmatic way.

Müller would be an Alternative for the attack, most classical Backup of the last year undertook Eric Maxim Choupo-is-Moting. In Sunny Munich, these delivery on Wednesday while Training on the side of Boateng, as due to the country travel game was sweating just a hull team at the Säbener Straße. Choupo-Moting, who’s looking forward to the reunion with his Ex-colleagues from PSG in the Cup and the Bundesliga so far, four times as Lewandowski’s representatives in the starting line-up.

40-goal record will be difficult to crack his

Flick but can also rely on the wing Trio of Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sané and Kingsley Coman. Müller could Shine in the Central role as templates, expert, or with Gnabry in the forefront of the alternate. With an Attacking Trio, the German team won most recently, as the Bayern Stars Sané and Gnabry impressed with Chelsea player Kai Havertz in the front. Gnabry as the Central actor, a failed counter-Romania 15. Gate in the 19th century. Countries game. “But it is also clear that the best player in the world is never to replace one-to-one,“ said Sky-expert Lothar Matthäus.

With 35 League-season goals Lewandowski was cracking up to his injury, on the way, the legendary 40-goal record set by Gerd Müller. “He is at the peak of his career,“ said Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. In the “Sport Bild“ noted the Chairman of the Board, the 32-year-old Poland, an extension of up to 2023 the current contract in view. “I am convinced that With his level of professionalism – if you see alone, how he trained, and his body nurtures is not as popular yet the end.“

Also this care, thanks to Lewandowski, his few and only a short Abstinenzen to. In February and March of the previous year, he missed three games due to a Shin injury. As long as this time he lacked the Bayern never. In April, at least seven games of the German record Champions are a total of, in the case of a more come in the Premier class, it would be eight. There, the star striker could accrue against the winner of the match Manchester City vs Borussia Dortmund but maybe again.

tis / Christian Kunz
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