Covid circumstances pressure Nagelsmann right into a reshuffle

Bayern Munich have 5 gamers in quarantine forward of their home sport in opposition to Arminia Bielefeld


Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich should reshuffle their beginning facet – with 5 gamers in quarantine – earlier than internet hosting struggling Arminia Bielefeld on Saturday in a last tune-up forward of their top-of-the-table conflict at Dortmund.

Bielefeld earned a 3-Three draw when the golf equipment met in Munich final February and have picked up 4 factors from their final two league video games.

Yet even with a number of stars sidelined, Bayern head coach Julian Nageslmann nonetheless has loads of expertise out there in opposition to second-from-bottom Bielefeld.

“We are concentrating on the players who are there – the four World Cup winners and nine Champions League winners,” Bielefeld coach Frank Kramer quipped drily.

Bayern are lacking midfielder Joshua Kimmich and back-up striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, who additionally miss subsequent weekend’s conflict at second-placed Dortmund after each examined optimistic for Covid-19.

Midfielders Michael Cuisance, Serge Gabry and Jamal Musiala are additionally quarantining at home as contact circumstances, however defenders Niklas Suele and Josip Stanisic returned to coaching on Wednesday after beforehand testing optimistic.

A shock defeat at Augsburg trimmed Bayern’s lead within the desk to only a single level forward of Dortmund.

Record numbers of coronavirus circumstances in Germany this week means a tightening of hygiene rules at Bundesliga stadiums.

Bayern’s Allianz Arena shall be at 25 p.c capability – as much as 18,745 — on Saturday.

There shall be decreased capability in any respect grounds, aside from RB Leipzig, who should play behind closed doorways in opposition to Leverkusen on Sunday attributable to restrictions in Saxony.

A crowd of 13,000 is anticipated at Wolfsburg, who host a Dortmund facet licking their wounds after their mid-week Champions League exit.

A 3-1 loss at Sporting Lisbon was Dortmund’s third straight European defeat, blocking their path to the knockout levels and consigning them to the Europa League.

Failing to reach the Champions League’s final 16 will value Dortmund round 9.5 million euros ($11 million).

“It’s not only a setback financially, but it also hurts from a sporting perspective and image,” stated sports activities director Michael Zorc.

Dortmund nonetheless have star ahead Erling Braut Haaland sidelined by a hip harm, however hope Youssoufa Moukoko, 17, can return after lacking 9 of their final ten video games with knocks.

Belgium winger Thorgan Hazard is out after testing optimistic for Covid final Monday.

Fresh from thrashing Brugge 5-Zero within the Champions League, RB Leipzig can break into the highest six with a home win Sunday in opposition to fourth-placed Leverkusen.

Leipzig are lacking Spanish playmaker Dani Olmo, 23, who tore a thigh muscle final weekend, a modern harm setback for the Spain midfielder who has been blighted by knocks since taking part in in each this summer season’s Euro 2020 finals and Tokyo Olympics.

Leizpig’s erratic kind this season has not affected the 24-year-old whose 13 objectives and 11 assists means he should quickly be knocking on the door of choice for France.

Usually a winger, Nkunku, 24, shone with two objectives and an help within the thrashing of Brugge after transferring throughout to attacking midfield.

Expect to see him once more kind a three-man assault alongside Emil Forsberg and Andre Silva, who each additionally scored in Belgium.

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