It’s the football version of a now grown-up visiting his homestay family: Lukas Podolski returns to Munich. Since he’s pretty successful these days, this reeks of hyperboles and pretentious romantic writing. Not here. Coming up is a Poldi-less preview.
Things look a bit better than they are in Bavaria, although they’re not as terrible as some make it appear. All in all, we’re talking about a solid Bayern team that finally found ways to more or less compensate the loss of Schweinsteiger.
Reading these lines makes you realize: there’s not much to talk about. The aforementioned midfielder and Breno most likely won’t return yet, all others are fit. So why not focus a bit on the opponent?
Köln can be a pretty good team. Their counter-attacks are more than decent, they have a prolific scorer (who might leave the club soon) and a solid center back named Geromel. Their keeper is Michael Rensing, you might remember him. Coach Stale Solbakken mostly uses a 4-2-3-1 (sometimes called a 4-4-1-1), wide midfielders Slawomir Peszko and Christian Clemens are speedy enough to make counter-attacks happen. One might compare them with last season’s Hannover 96.
Not everything is shiny in Cologne, though. Milivoje Novakovic still needs time to recover from his hip injury and now it was announced that regular central midfielder Martin Lanig and his replacement Adam Matuschyk will both miss the match (flu). It looks like Kevin Pezzoni will be starting alongside Sascha Riether. If you don’t know Pezzoni (and I couldn’t blame you if you didn’t), he’s not exactly the most popular player among Köln fans due to being error-prone. Let’s be honest, we’d all love to see this reputation confirmed.
I think Bayern’s lineup will be almost the same as in Stuttgart with the only difference that Jerome Boateng replaces Rafinha to stop counter-attacks and their striker. So in my opinion, this is what the starting lineups of the match
that will end 0-0 are gonna look like:
Boateng – van Buyten – Badstuber – Lahm
Tymoshchuk – Kroos
Robben – Müller – Ribery
Peszko – Jajalo – Clemens
Pezzoni – Riether
Jemal – Sereno – Geromel – Brecko
Enjoy. Two last words: Lukas Podolski. There, I said it again.