Bayern’s starting XI has very closely mirrored that of the German national team in years past. Now the Bavarian Giants appear to be moving away from this strategy, especially in defense. With the signing this week of 2018 world champion Lucas Hernandez, Bayern’s back line has suddenly changed dramatically. Hernandez, along with his international compatriot Benjamin Pavard, will arrive in Munich this summer.
With these two additions, Bayern’s defense will go a step further:
- Alaba – Hummels / Boateng – Süle – Kimmich
to something like this:
- Alaba – Hernandez – Süle – Pavard
The new formation would, of course, depend on Niko Kovac’s decision to play or not. Joshua Kimmich in the middle of the field.
The French connection goes beyond defenders, with Corentin Tolisso and Kingsley Coman also playing for France. Ensure to replace 2014 world champions Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng with two Following The world champions had to be important for Bayern. One or both of Hummels and Boateng seem to be on their way out, and they’ll take their winning experience with them. Now there is a winning experience and mentality guaranteed at Bayern for years to come. Hernandez and Pavard are both 23, so Bayern have made a big investment – € 115m to be exact – going forward.
In a recent interview (SZ), sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic shared his thoughts on Bayern’s new record signing:
I’m very happy that we were able to sign Lucas Hernandez. He is one of the best defenders in the world as well as a world champion. In addition, Lucas will continue our tradition of exceptional French players and strengthen our team.
In the years to come, we’ll see if the new additions are able to convert their international glory into titles won by Bayern.