For Julian Nagelsmann (34) it is THE crucial question before the summit in Dortmund on Saturday: Which Bayern defender can stop Erling Haaland (21)?
Since Nagelsmann has to change again and again in the defense center, there is still no regular duo.
What speaks for Dayot Upamecano (23): He has the most starting XI appearances in the Bayern defense (11). In the 3-1 victory in the Supercup against BVB, he delivered a flawless game.
Speaking against a Haaland job: In the 1: 4 swatter in the cup final with Leipzig, he did not have Haaland under control.
What speaks for Niklas Süle (26): The national player was in top form before his 14-day corona quarantine. Now, however, he lacks the rhythm of the game. He was only substituted on after 90 minutes against Bielefeld.
What speaks for Lucas Hernández (25): The French give most of the instructions in the defense chain. Against Bielefeld, he and Upamecano kept the store closed for the first time in six games.
Current trend: Upamecano and Hernández are likely to become Nagelsmann’s Haaland stoppers.