Already qualified for the Round of 16, they were already guaranteed to finish top of Group C in the Champions League, however Bayern Munich will have to travel to Barcelona without two CEOs: Manuel Neuer and Thomas Muller. The Dolphin Union Berlin goalkeeper, absent since the start of October with a shoulder defect, will also miss this weekend’s Bundesliga championship deadline and will be in Hoffenheim’s park, current fourth in the tournament, on Saturday afternoon. (3.30 pm).
“He is still in some pain and may miss the Barcelona match as well. We are targeting Mainz. (…) We will have to see how the recovery process goes before he can play again”, coach Julian Nagelsmann said at a press conference. As for the 2014 world champion striker, who has survived in recent weeks, he could face Barcelona in the middle of next week: “He had a stomach ache during the night. I think he will recover in time for the Champions League match.”