Jupp Heynckes showed the world that he has the guts to bench a world-class player in order to win a match. Heynckes benched Arjen Robben and brought in Rafinha and Luiz Gustavo into the team as Bayern played Stuttgart. This was the lineup:
Philipp Lahm - Jerome Boateng - Hogler Badstuber - Rafinha
Luiz Gustavo - Bastian Schweinsteiger (David Alaba 18')
Thomas Mueller - Toni Kroos - Franck Ribery
Kroos' return to the hole behind the striker just improved the overall team chemistry, as did the introduction of Gustavo.
After a slow start, Bayern played quite well and scored twice through Ribery and Gomez. Both goals were created very intelligently. Kroos was denied thrice by Sven Ulreich from distance. The game really showed glimpses of the dominant Bayern of the first half of the season.
The only bad news was that Bayern lost Schweinsteiger again to injury—this time to ankle-ligament damage. When Bastian will return is anyone's guess. However, Alaba was very impressive against Stuttgart, and he might be the one having to take on Schweini's role for the coming weeks.
This week, a very interesting piece of news came through. Bayern signed a midfielder for next season. His name?
Thus, the depth in attacking midfield for Bayern will be richer next season. Maybe a central defender, along with Shaqiri, might help, too.
Shaqiri will face Bayern with Basel this month in the Champions League. Next month, he will pay his final visit to the Allianz Arena as a visitor.
Next, Bayern takes on Kaiserslautern at the Allianz Arena. They already beat FCK at the Betze, 0-3. A Mario Gomez hat trick led them to the win.
One of those goals came from the penalty spot. Gomez missed a second penalty, but converted when the keeper parried the ball. Thomas Mueller set up Gomez for the third.
FCK ended that match with just 10 men on the pitch.
The meeting between these two teams at the Allianz Arena ended in victory for Bayern last season. Bayern won, 5-1, with another hat trick from Gomez. That match was close for long periods. The score got to 3-1 in the 80th minute when Gomez scored.
This season, however, FCK just did not look like they would be able to match Bayern
Last week, they lost, 0-1, to Koeln, a side that hadn't beaten them at the Betze for a long, long time. Before that, they drew against Augsburg and Bremen. FCK sits 15th in the table, two points clear of the bottom three in the table.
As far as injury news is concerned, Bayern has a fit squad to choose from, with the exception of Schweinsteiger. FCK will have to do without Dorge Kouemaha, their striker who has been ruled out for six months.
So, who will win? Let me hear your thoughts below.