Werder Bremen vs Bayern Munich: Niko Kovac’s Best Available Die Roten Lineup

?Bayern Munich travel to Weser Stadium to face Werder Bremen, hoping to reach the final of the DFB-Pokal for the 23rd time.

Bayern have won the competition a record 18 times but haven’t lifted the trophy since 2016, when they beat Borussia Dortmund on penalties.

Niko Kovac’s men are a point clear of Borussia Dortmund, at the top of the ?Bundesliga, a win here could take them a step closer to a league and cup double – something they haven’t achieved in three seasons.

If they progress, Bayern will face Hamburger or RB Leipzig in the final on 19 May at the Olympiastadion.

Here’s how Kovac could set his side out for this important match. 

Goalkeeper & Defenders

David Alaba

Sven Ulreich (GK) – A calf injury sidelined starting keeper Manuel Neuer in the league match against Fortuna Dusseldorf and he is unlikely to be fit for this game. Ulreich started the round of 16 and quarter-final matches and is a capable deputy for the 2014 World Cup winner.

Joshua Kimmich (RB) – The 24-year-old was rested in the early rounds of the tournament but has started every game since the round of 16, as Kovac realised the importance of the competition.

Jerome Boateng (CB) – With Niklas Sule suspended, ?Boateng should slot into his place seamlessly. The veteran defender has won 12 cups during his career and will want to add a lucky 13th in May.

Mats Hummels (CB) – Entering a decade at ?Bayern, Hummels may not be at the peak of his powers but is still the best defender at the club.

David Alaba (LB) – When fit, the Austrian international starts, nothing changes here. One of Bayern’s most consistent performers this season, he’s one of the first names on Kovac’s team sheet.


Thiago Alcantara,Max Kruse

Serge Gnabry (RW) – Leaving Arsenal was the best thing to happen to the 23-year-old, as his career has gone from strength to strength since. 12 goals and nine assist this season is evidence of that and he will be confident of adding to that tally against the team he netted twice against earlier this campaign

Thiago Alcantara (CM) – The former Barcelona man has featured in every DFB-Pokal tie this season, and that run should continue against Werder Bremen.

Leon Goretzka (CM) – Since arriving from ?Schalke in the summer, Goretzka has made an immediate impact at Bayern – contributing towards 14 goals in 37 appearances. 

?Thomas Muller (CAM) – The vice-captain is an ever present in the cup this year, and is still an important part of Kovac’s plans.

Franck Ribery (LW) – With his contract expiring at the end of the season, the 35-year-old will want to end his 12 years at the club with his 21st trophy. 


Robert Lewandowski

Robert Lewandowski (ST) – 186 goals in 236 games shows all you need to know about Lewandowski’s finishing prowess. He’s Bayern’s top scorer this season and has scored three goals in as many games in the cup.


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