Bayern Munich: Despite having taken one point from the last six on offer, Bayern brushed aside any calls of crisis after the superb 4:1 win over Lazio during the week. As Markus Gisdol stated during the press conference, it could have been even higher. Bayern will be hoping for three points to put the pressure on RB Leipzig ahead of their clash with Borussia Mönchengladbach later on.
1. FC Köln: FC had picked up 10 points from a possible 15 in the five games leading up to and including the derby victory over Gladbach. Since then, a defeat to Frankfurt and the 1:0 loss to Stuttgart means that Markus Gisdol’s men have come away empty handed in their last two outings.
Hansi Flick: “When you look at their games against Dortmund, Gladbach, Wolfsburg and Leipzig, they've picked up good results against top teams. They are a team that defends well and compact and then utilises their quick players.”
Markus Gisdol: “If Bayern give you something, you should be ready to take it. We will not talk them down to be any smaller than they are; they are still the best team I know. But we've already performed well against top teams this season.”
Bayern Munich: Serge Gnabry returned to team training on Thursday and could be an option for the squad once more. Thomas Müller began individual training following his COVID-19 infection and may also play some part in the game. Hansi Flick will also have Tiago Dantas available.
1. FC Köln: Sebastian Andersson and Florian Kainz are continuing their rehab from their long-term injuries. Markus Gisdol has no injury concerns from the squad that was available last weekend.
Robert Lewandowski really does not need much of an introduction. The Polish forward is continuing his incredible run of late, having picked up six trophies with Bayern and countless individual awards, having scored 26 goals in the Bundesliga this campaign. Lewandowski is chasing down Gerd Müller’s 40-goal record season and continue to climb the league’s all-time top scorer charts.
Bayern have dominated the recent meetings between the two sides, having won 12 of the last 13 games. The only time FC managed to stop Bayern taking victory was in Munich, as Anthony Modeste’s goal earned a 1:1 draw back in 2016. Historically, however, FC have been a tough nut for Bayern to crack. No team has won more games in Munich than FC (9) and against no current Bundesliga club do Bayern have a lower win percentage (50%) than against FC.
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