In anticipation of the Bundesliga’s resurgence, Bayern Munich braces for a test clash against FC Basel, marking the squad’s singular opportunity to assess its mettle beyond the training grounds.
Thomas Tuchel finds himself with a nearly complete ensemble, barring the absence of a physically fit right-back. Konrad Laimer undergoes solitary training sessions, and despite injury, Noussair Mazraoui has been whisked away to AFCON, leaving the club with the sole option of deploying the budding talent, Adam Aznou, in that crucial position.
The composition of the starting lineup remains uncertain—will Tuchel opt for a constellation of established stars or afford fringe players and alternative formations an opportunity to shine? The decision hinges on pivotal figures like Harry Kane, Leroy Sané, Jamal Musiala, and their ilk. Their inclusion in the starting eleven will unveil the squad’s elite configuration, colloquially known as the “champagne XI.”