Professionals | 15/02/2020

Preview

Preview ahead of the home game against Bayern

On Sunday afternoon, 1. FC Köln welcome FC Bayern Munich to the sold out RheinEnergieSTADION. Here is what the coaches had to say, personnel updates and other interesting facts about the game against the record champions.

Form

1. FC Köln: Five wins in their last six games, FC are in a good mood. The past four home games have been won and Markus Gisdol's XI have scored ten goals in four games, conceding only one.

FC Bayern Munich: Only one team has more points than FC Köln in the past six games: Bayern Munich. Munich have climbed to the top of the table. If Bayern continue to perform as comfortably as they have been, the competition will have a hard time against them.

What the coaches said

Markus Gisdol: "We have to adapt to the opponent and analyse in advance the strengths and weaknesses. It is important that we play football sensibly, even if the opponent seems overpowering. We want to be brave on Sunday."

Hansi Flick: "They have been very successful since Markus Gisdol became coach there. Köln is a team that sometimes press which can hurt us. We don't want to let that happen."

Personnel situation

1. FC Köln: Ismael Jakobs (tonsillitis) and Elvis Rexhbecaj (knee problems) have returned to training this week. Christian Clemens has integrated into team training again. Timo Horn and Anthony Modeste trained individually due to minor injuries. Thomas Kessler (fascia tear) will be safe against Bayern Munich.

Bayern Munich: Manuel Neuer was unable to train during the week due to a bowel infection, but started training again on Friday. With the exception of Javi Martínez, Ivan Perišić and Niklas Süle, Bayern have all players available.

Player focus

For several years, the FC Bayern law "Thomas Müller always plays" was adopted by Louis van Gaal. However, Niko Kovac, head coach in Munich until last November, ignored this rule and often only used Müller as a substitute. Under Kovac's successor, Flick, Müller is guaranteed to start again, and has been experiencing a renaissance ever since. In the eleven league games since Flick took charge, Müller has scored four and created eight.

Referees

Referee: Felix Zwayer (Berlin)
Linesman: Thorsten Schiffner, Holger Henschel
Fourth official: Arne Aarnink
Video assistant: Tobias Reichel

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Total table
PL.TeamPt.
9TSG 1899 Hoffenheim35
101. FC Köln32
111. FC Union Berlin30

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