Hansi Flick has confirmed that Bayern Munich’s Champions League battle with Atletico Madrid would both miss Robert Lewandowski and Manuel Neuer.
On Tuesday night, Bayern will fly to Wanda Metropolitano comfortably in the knowledge that they have already qualified as Group A champions for the last 16.
By defeating Atletico 4-0 at the Allianz Arena, the defending European champions opened the defense of their title before beating Lokomotiv Moscow 2-1 in Russia and Red Bull Salzburg 6-2 in Austria.
The men of Flick also picked up a 3-1 victory over Salzburg at home to book their place in the knockout stages, allowing their head coach the opportunity to make adjustments for the trip to Spain on Tuesday.
The German head coach announced that along with first-choice goalkeeper Neuer and in-form midfielder Leon Goretzka, Bayern’s top scorer Lewandowski has been left out of his new team, though Corentin Tolisso is also not quite able to play after recovering from a hamstring injury.
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Flick told a pre-match press conference, “I can confirm that Neuer, Lewandowski and Goretzka will not travel to Madrid. Tolisso, also will not be there,”
“Apart from that, all players except for the long-term injuries Alphonso Davies and Joshua Kimmich are there.”
“Asked if he trusts a makeshift team to get a positive outcome against Atletico, the 55-year-old manager replied: “We trust the whole squad. We’re looking forward to the match. You’ve got the best defense and the second-best attack.
And a coach who has performed outstandingly in recent years. He’s brought the squad to another level again. Playing there is a great joy.
Fresh from a 3-1 win over Stuttgart at Mercedes-Benz Arena on Saturday, Bayern head into their latest European outing.
The result meant that Bayern stayed at the top of the Bundesliga on 22 points, two ahead of RB Leipzig and three ahead of Bayer Leverkusen in the third position.
Bayern will look forward to Leipzig’s arrival at Allianz on Saturday following their clash with Atletico, a fixture that comes four days before they wrap up their Champions League group stage campaign at Lokomotiv Moscow’s home.