We have the next Round of 1.Bundesliga ahead and it will be started with Mainz and Bayern this Friday evening. Although Mainz was playing against Hertha on Sunday they have to play today again. No one know if this is a disadvantage for the small club who had to play a lot of matches recently. How much energy have the players left for the last month? This can be an important question for Coach Schmitt. If they do not want to get the second lose in a row they have to invest a lot and maybe bring more as 100%. The memories are good against Bayern because they beat them in March but can they do this for a second time?
The record is very bad against Munich at home. With only 2 wins they had not much to celebrate but lost already 7 times. Moreover they could not keep a clean sheet in all the matches against giant Bayern. This makes it more and more difficult to get a win but hope should be there according to their hope performances this Season. They were very successful in their Arena and could score in all matches so far at least 2 goals. As mentioned above the memories how to beat Bayern are fresh and there. In all matches against Bayern was Bungert involved if he stand in the starting lineup is doubtful as he fight for a place in central back with Bell. Beside the long term injured players like Muto, Berggreen and Serdar is Gbamin out for the match today according to his red card in last game. He may will be replaced from Frei in midfield. Some changes are possible in offensive too according to give some players a rest. Whom Schmitt allow this is not out yet.
Bayern was not in their best shape what two defeats showed and also the last game in Bundesliga against Leverkusen. It was hard work and a lot of luck too that they got the 3 Points. This let Ancelotti work a bit more relaxed but he has to deliver with his team after Leipzig overcome them in Bundesliga and took the lead. After 39 Rounds Bayern is not the leader in Bundesliga what is a big disaster for this big club. If they do not want to fall behind more and hold the pressure on RB Leipzig high they have to win and win, nothing else. A lot of hope is on key striker Lewandowski who scored twice in his last 3 meetings in Mainz. This is absolutely needed but the polish guy got not the right assists lately and therefore scored less. For this reason Coach Ancelotti plans with two new wings (Ribery / Robben) in the starting lineup. In this case Costa and Müller sit on the bench first. Also Vidal is ready again and should start from beginning on. This can move Kimmich on the bench (but Alonso stays in Munich what makes it possible that he starts again maybe) while Lahm take his normal position on back wing again. In central back is Boateng back from slight injury and also an option for Ancelotti.