It is Bayern Munich’s first appearance at the FIFA Club World Cup in seven years and this has not exactly gotten off to the best of starts. Flight delays, chaos and now Hansi Flick will be without two key players for the trip to Doha.
Let’s get everyone up to speed on what has transpired for Bayern so far. After their 1-0 win over Hertha Berlin, the team headed to the airport to depart for the Club World Cup, only to be delayed for a total of nine hours and according to the club’s official team sheet, two players did not travel at all.
Our departure for Doha for the FIFA Club World Cup was delayed by more than seven hours after being initially refused clearance to take off.
— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) February 6, 2021
Both Leon Goretzka and Javi Martinez were not aboard the plane headed to Qatar and the pair are unavailable for the semi-final clash with Al Ahly on Tuesday.
Given the condensed schedule, it is less than ideal for Hansi Flick to be without two players and in particular Goretzka simply because there is no real cover for the midfielder.
— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) February 5, 2021
Both Marc Roca and Corentin Tolisso have not covered themselves in glory to stake their claim to replace the German so Flick may be forced to play Joshua Kimmich as the sole pivot player in Bayern’s midfield.
At the time of writing, there is no clear indication if both will link up with the team, later on, however, the pair will have to test negative to Covid beforehand. If Bayern were to get past Al Ahly, then both Martinez and Goretzka would be good additions to Hansi Flick’s squad. However, with the pandemic still causing problems, international travel is being kept to a minimum so the pair may just have to wait until the squad return home after the competition.
All that anyone involved with the club can do is hope for a quick return for Goretzka and Martinez. With Bayern set to face off against Italian side Lazio in the Champions League later in the month, without the pair, Hansi Flick’s side could be stretched to breaking point.
Given that the Bundesliga and Champions League remain priorities for Bayern, if the same players are called upon week in and week out, the possibility of players becoming worn out is increasingly likely.