Buoyant Bayern head to Ajax for showdown

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Dec 2018 12:32:12



RESURGENT Bayern Munich head to Ajax for Wednesday’s Champions League group showdown with clear winners and losers among the star-studded squad after Niko Kovac’s decision to end rotation. “We want to keep going,” said Leon Goretzka, now a firm fixture in central midfield alongside Joshua Kimmich with Bayern having won their last three games after Saturday’s 3-0 league home win over Nuremberg. “Now we travel to Amsterdam and want to finish first in the group - that’s important for us.”  Bayern need just a point at Ajax’s Johan Cruyff Arena to win Group E with the Bavarian giants currently top of the table, two points ahead of their

Dutch rivals, and both teams already into the last 16.
A 5-1 thrashing of Benfica at the Allianz Arena a fortnight ago, with Robert Lewandowski and Arjen Robben both scoring twice, signified an end to the poor results of October and November which also saw Bayern slide down the Bundesliga table.

Bayern have now clawed their way back up to third in the league and coach Kovac has taken a gamble by ditching rotation, risking ruffled egos with stars left on the bench.
“The rhythm is there, the boys are in the flow - that’s why we don’t want to change anything,” explained Kovac. His decision has significant winners and losers.
World Cup winners - Germany defender Mats Hummels, and Spain midfielder Javi Martinez - languished on the bench against Nuremberg alongside Euro 2016 winner Renato Sanches.