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Sule or Pavard? Flick has a decision to make for Dortmund clash

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Hansi Flick is set to have Benjamin Pavard back for his sides clash with Borussia Dortmund, but with Niklas Sule in form, a decision has to be made.

According to kicker, Hansi Flick could have quite the selection dilemma on the right side of the defense for his side’s match against Borussia Dortmund with Benjamin Pavard in line to return for the league leaders.

If Pavard is fully fit and ready to go, then Hansi Flick is going to have a tough decision to make as Niklas Sule has been more than serviceable in the right-back position in recent weeks.

Pavard needs to get through training this week

If Pavard gets through training this week with no issues after his bout with COVID-19, then his impending return gives Flick a wealth of options heading into the classic rivalry with Dortmund. It is likely that Flick will not rush back Pavard considering how well Sule has been playing recently and should get the nod on Saturday.

Sule, who is naturally a centre-back, has been a fine fill-in for Pavard in recent weeks and has risen to No.2 in the depth chart, going above the unreliable Bouna Sarr. Once Pavard is ready to go, Sarr is going to find minutes extremely hard to come by as Flick has two world-class right-backs at his disposal.

It is clear that Flick has a soft spot for Pavard, playing him through even when his form was horrible, but Sule should get the nod on Saturday and in reality, he should keep his place until his form dictates otherwise. Pavard has not been missed over the last couple of weeks and there should be no reason to tinker with a side that is firing on all cylinders.

Dortmund present a huge challenge for Bayern

Whether it is Sule or Pavard who starts against Dortmund, they are going to have their work cut out trying to stop both Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland. That is a tricky proposition for any player so Flick will be well within his rights to stick with Sule for this battle.

Bayern will be looking to maintain their two-point lead at the summit of the Bundesliga while Dortmund will want a win to jump back into the top four.

Adam Schultz
Sports writer. Cover Arsenal and Bayern Munich, lucky to be able to do what I love as a career.