PREVIEW-Soccer-Bayern shift focus to domestic title despite mounting injuries

By Reuters4 days ago

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BERLIN, April 8 (Reuters) - After their stinging defeat to Paris St Germain in the Champions League, Bayern Munich must quickly shift focus to protecting their seven-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga with Union Berlin set to visit the reeling Bavarians on Saturday.

Already missing top striker Robert Lewandowski and Marc Roca due to injury, and with Serge Gnabry quarantined due to COVID-19, Bayern are also likely to be without defender Niklas Suele and midfielder Leon Goretzka, who were taken off in their 3-2 quarter-final first-leg loss to PSG on Wednesday.

“We assume that they will not be with us for the weekend,“ Coach Hansi Flick said of Suele and Goretzka. “I do not know how things look for next week.“

The Bavarians are not only battling injuries but also dealing with internal differences over the departure of defender Jerome Boateng at the end of the season, as well as speculation over Flick's own future at the club.

Flick has spoken in favour of keeping Boateng but club sports director Hasan Salihamidzic announced prior to Wednesday's game he would not be given a new contract.

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