Jerome Boateng DOUBTS for Bayern Munich in the Champions League final against Paris Saint-Germain due to a muscle injury sustained in the semi-final … with manager Hansi Flick to make a late decision on the defender’s condition
- Bayern Munich will face Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League final on Sunday
- Bayern player Jerome Boateng can be excluded from the final due to a muscle injury
- The defender was injured during Wednesday’s victory over Lyon
Jerome Boateng, the Bayern Munich center-back, faces a late fitness test for Sunday’s Champions League final against Paris Saint-Germain, but coach Hansi Flick says that whatever the line-up, he has no plans for the tactics of radically change his team.
Boateng had to go off at half time with a muscle injury in the 3-0 semi-final win over Olympique Lyonnais on Wednesday and Flick said he would be assessed after practice later on Saturday.
‘Jerome is going to train with us this afternoon, we wait for the final practice and hope he is fit enough to start the game; After the training I will have a meeting with the staff and discuss the way forward, ”Flick said at a news conference on Saturday.
Jerome Boateng faces a late fitness test to play in the Champions League final on Sunday
He had to come during Bayern Munich’s semi-final victory over Lyon due to a muscle problem
Should Boateng not be ready to start, Niklas Sule, who came in for him against Lyon, is the most likely substitute to play in the center of defense alongside David Alaba.
Bayern’s tactic of playing a high line of defense to compress their opponents in their own half gave Lyon some chances and, with PSG’s quick attacking power from Neymar and Kylian Mbappé, some commentators have questioned whether Flick should perhaps be a bit more careful. approach in the final.
But the 55-year-old, who took over at Bayern after Niko Kovac’s resignation in November, suggested he was unlikely to make a major adjustment.
Niklas Sule (left) is the most likely substitute for Boateng if he can’t play on Sunday
“ What’s important is that we can actually put pressure on the opponents when they have the ball and then when the ball goes behind us into that space, our defenders have to make sure we cover that whole area.
‘They have a lot of quality in their attack, perhaps comparable to Barcelona on that point. Lyon played in a very direct style, they went straight for the goal and often played long balls forward in that space behind the defense.
So it’s very important that we can cut those passing lanes so that we don’t afford the opposition space to play the ball in. Of course PSG has a lot of pace in the side. They are a top team with some great players and it is a very exciting game.
‘But over the past ten months we have always tried to impose our playing style on the opposition. We have always played with a high line against the opposition and in the end we have results. So we won’t change too much on that point, ”he said.
On Saturday, Bayern boss Hansi Flick said he would be making a late decision about Boateng