Six top-ranked players will miss the already qualified Bayern Munich team when they host Barcelona in their last Champions League Group E match, but coach Julian Knucklesman says the team will struggle to finish the group stage with full scores.
The Bavarian legend has already qualified for the knockout stages with five wins from five matches and is looking to win his sixth match, while second-placed Barcelona, with seven points, need to win to qualify for second place from the group. .
Benfica, with five points, will qualify if the Spanish team draws if they fail to beat last-placed Dynamo Kiev.
Nagelsman said he would replace Leon Goretzka and Serge Knabry with two minor injuries, while striker Eric Maxim Supo-Moding is still suffering from the effects of the Govit-19 infection.
The Bayern coach said Joshua Kimmich and Michael Quisens and Marcel Sabitzer, who have been out of action twice for four weeks due to covit-19, have not yet fully recovered.
“Joshua will be tested tomorrow (Wednesday), but he will be out for four weeks because he has not played,” Nagelsman told a virtual news conference.
He will give many young players a chance to prove themselves by participating in the tournament, however he will push a strong team and his high scorer Robert Lewandowski will not rest.
“We want to get the full score at the group stage,” Knucklesman added, adding that “it would be better to qualify with a sixth win.”
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