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Bayern Munich manager likely to make three big changes against Real Madrid – report

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As Real Madrid and Bayern Munich gear up for the crucial second leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final, the Bavarians’ manager, Thomas Tuchel, has been busy testing new tactics and strategies to maximize his team’s chances of advancing. 

According to a report from BILD (h/t Mundo Deportivo), Tuchel has been experimenting with some key lineup changes during training sessions ahead of the match at the Santiago Bernabeu and he is expected to make three big changes to the starting XI.

One of the most notable changes involves the defensive line. Matthijs de Ligt is set to take over from Kim Min-jae, who struggled in the first leg and was involved in Real Madrid’s scoring plays. 

De Ligt, the Dutch centre-back, missed the first leg due to muscle issues but is now expected to form a strong central defensive partnership with Eric Dier on Wednesday.

Tuchel is expected to change things in midfield

In the midfield, Tuchel is considering a different setup. Aleksandar Pavlovic may be paired with Konrad Laimer, a shift from the first leg, where Leon Goretzka started in the middle. 

It is to be noted that Goretzka was substituted at halftime for Raphael Guerreiro, who played as a midfielder but is now sidelined due to an injury sustained in a recent Bundesliga match.

Matthijs de Ligt is expected to feature against Real Madrid. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

More changes in attack

Another potential change is in the attacking lineup, with Serge Gnabry expected to replace Thomas Muller. After overcoming his muscular problems, Gnabry is poised to take on a more prominent role against Real Madrid. 

His inclusion would add a dynamic edge to Bayern’s attack. Furthermore, the presence of Jamal Musiala and Leroy Sane will provide crucial support to the prolific Harry Kane.

Tuchel’s adjustments aim to improve Bayern Munich’s performance and secure a win in Madrid. 

With these strategic shifts, the team is preparing for a tough match against a formidable opponent. 

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France manager talks Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid, Tchouameni injury

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After unveiling the final squad for France for the upcoming European Championship, coach Didier Deschamps appeared in front of the media to discuss the nation’s preparations for the tournament.

Deschamps was notably asked about Kylian Mbappe and his potential move to Real Madrid in the coming summer.

Deschamps on Mbappe announcement

When asked when Real Madrid may announce the signing of Mbappe, the French coach replied (h/t L’Equipe), “They will decide when it’s time to make it official. As far as possible, I will adapt to the squad.”

This comes on the back of earlier reports which claim that Real Madrid are desperate to announce the signing of Mbappe before the start of Euro 2024.

Mbappe might become a Real Madrid player before the start of Euro 2024 (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

The coveted tournament begins June 14, though France’s opening game is on June 18 as they take on Austria in the city of Dusseldorf.

Deschamps also dismissed concerns over Mbappe’s form, stating, “You don’t find Kylian Mbappé in good shape? He only scored 44 goals in the season. It’s true that he could have done better.”

Deschamps on Tchouameni’s fitness

As things stand, a total of three Real Madrid players are a part of the France squad for the European Championship.

One of them is Aurelien Tchouameni, who picked up a knock earlier this month which could keep him out of the upcoming Champions League final.

Deschamps, though, is not worried about his fitness and is hopeful of having the midfielder back for the Euros.

“Tchouaméni? I’m not worried. The deadline is too short for the UCL final but for the Euro it’s more than doable,” he said.

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