Bayern vs Galatasaray: Upamecano and Goretzka ready for Champions League clash, says Tuchel




Bayern Munich’s Dayot Upamecano and Leon Goretzka will resume their defensive duties in the Champions League Group A match against visiting Galatasaray on Wednesday after their comeback from injury in the Bundesliga at the weekend.

The pair were a surprise addition in Bayern’s 4-0 demolition of title rival Borussia Dortmund on Saturday and despite only just returning from injury should be ready for Wednesday.

“We did not train on Sunday and their first actions were positive (on Monday in training),” Tuchel told a press conference on Tuesday. “I assume if nothing happens until tomorrow they will both be able to play tomorrow.”

However, with a busy schedule ahead and another Bundesliga game on Saturday against promoted Heidenheim, the Bayern coach said he would not overwork France international Upamecano following his recovery from a hamstring injury in October.

Goretzka is playing again following surgery for a broken bone in his hand.

Bayern is without fellow central defender Matthijs de Ligt, with the Dutchman having been sidelined for several weeks with a knee ligament injury.

“If Upa (Upamecano) plays tomorrow then it will influence the situation as it would not be responsible from us to give him double matches per week from the start,” Tuchel said.

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He will also have Joshua Kimmich back for their Champions League match, with the holding midfielder serving a two-match suspension in the Bundesliga for a red card and having missed their win at Dortmund.

“In my plan he will play tomorrow,” said Tuchel. “We know he cannot play on Saturday but tomorrow Josh will play and show his qualities.

“Apart from De Ligt we plan with everyone apart form Raphael Guerreiro, with Wednesday’s match coming a little too early,” he added as the Portugal international recovers from injury.

Bayern, which is unbeaten in a record 37 Champions League group matches and has won each of its last 16 group games, also a competition best, could qualify for the knockout stage with a win on Wednesday.

The Bavarians have nine points from three matches, five ahead of Galatasaray and six in front of third-placed Manchester United. FC Copenhagen is bottom with one point.

“Our desire is to qualify as early as possible,” Tuchel said. “It will give us huge self confidence. We know tomorrow is a big, tough step in that direction.”


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