Bayern Munich continue their preparations for the new season when Napoli visit the Allianz Arena on Saturday at 3:30pm (UK time).
Julian Nagelsmann’s men are yet to win a game this summer, but the new Bayern coach isn’t concerned with their pre-season form, while Gli Azzurri are looking to continue their winning start under new boss Luciano Spalletti.
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Scoreline prediction: Bayern Munich 2-1 Napoli
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Bayern Munich vs Napoli build-up, previous line-ups & team news:
Roy Keane once said a one-game losing streak at Manchester United constitutes a crisis, such was the club’s high standards under Sir Alex Ferguson’s watch. It’s somewhat true now given the Red Devils’ status and that scrutiny is equally the same at Bayern Munich, who head into the forthcoming campaign seeking a 10th consecutive Bundesliga title. Hansi Flick is no longer in the hot seat, that honour now belongs to impressive young tactician Julian Nagelsmann, who’s not exactly been enjoying his first pre-season in charge. Bayern, missing their international stars, are winless after three friendlies losing to domestic rivals FC Koln and Borussia Mönchengladbach with a draw against Ajax sandwiched in between. Those big hitters are now back in training and with the new season fast approaching, Bayern need to be ready or those crisis talks could be starting early.
Speaking of new managers. Napoli, who threw away Champions League football on the final day last season, bid Gennaro Gattuso arrivederci before welcoming Serie A managerial journeyman Luciano Spalletti. He’s tasked with rekindling those scudetto-challenging days under Maurizio Sarri (now coaching Lazio) but it’s a tall order given the newfound competitive nature of Italy’s top division. That said, Spalletti’s reputation speaks for itself, across his last three full Serie A campaigns he’s finished fourth twice and runner-up once. During his opening four seasons with Roma, he’d end up second on three occasions. No major names have left the Neapolitan’s and Spalletti began his pre-season preparations with a narrow 1-0 win over Pro Vercelli before this Bayern showdown.
- Bayern Munich (vs Borussia Mönchengladbach): Hoffmann; Sarr, Upamecano, Nianzou, Richards; Richards, Stanišić, Rhein; Zirkzee, Choupo-Moting, Tillman.
- Napoli (vs Pro Vercelli): Contini; Zanoli, Rrahmani, Koulibaly, Rui; Lobotka, Demme; Politano, Ounas, Zedadka; Osimhen.
Manuel Neuer and Joshua Kimmich continue to rest from Euro 2020, but Robert Lewandowski, Leon Goretzka, Thomas Muller, Leroy Sane, Niklas Sule and Benjamin Pavard should all return. Alphonso Davies and Chris Richards are both injured, while French trio Corentin Tolisso, Kingsley Coman and Lucas Hernandez will get another weekend of rest alongside their German counterparts.
Euro 2020 winning trio Lorenzo Insigne, Giovanni Di Lorenzo and Alex Meret are all still resting, as well as goalkeeper David Ospina. Hirving Lozano and Dries Mertens are both injured for Napoli.
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Player to watch: Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
Before the heroics of Lionel Messi at this summer’s Copa America tournament, Robert Lewandowski was the heavy favourite to win France Football’s prestigious Ballon d’Or prize. He may still end up with the honour but it’s no longer clear cut or a foregone conclusion.
The lethal Polish marksman, who set a new Bundesliga record for most goals in a single campaign last season, hasn’t kicked a ball in anger since Poland’s elimination at the Euro 2020 finals. He returned to first-team training this week and could potentially see his first minutes here. To say Bayern have missed his prowess, even if the games are nothing more than pre-season friendlies, is an understatement. Nagelsmann needs his leading man in the best shape if his debut campaign in charge of Germany’s most powerful club is to be a success.