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A large squad as Bayern's trump card

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A large squad as Bayern's trump card

Postby FCBayernNews » Wed Apr 04, 2018 12:35 pm

FC Bayern are in the middle of the decisive phase of the season as they have made it to the Champions League last eight, the DFB Cup last four and have all but wrapped up the German championship title. The difficult first leg away to Sevilla demonstrated once more how crucial Bayern's strong and large squad is for Jupp Heynckes' big ambitions in the final spurt. A large squad might prove decisive, especially when Bayern struggle to find their rhythm, as they did in the first half against the Andalusians. "We made many mistakes in our build-up play, we often lost possession, we weren't well-structured in defence and especially in midfield," analysed Heynckes.

But the 72-year-old once again made the right decisions, subs James and Rafinha providing crucial impetus. Especially James showed what quality Heynckes has up his sleeve in the decisive phase. The Colombian started on the becnh against Sevilla after his gala display last weekend, when he scored one and set up two goals in the 6-0 victory over Dortmund. James was on hand when Arturo Vidal had to be subbed off with a knock after the half-hour. One minute later James initiated the move that lead to the equaliser. It came as no surprise that sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic praised the 26-year-old: "He turned in another very, very good display. He organised our play with good passing. We benefit a lot from him," the 41-year-old said about James, who was named Man of the Match by UEFA.

Tough decisions for Heynckes

Heynckes must manage his players' workload before the decisive matches in the next few weeks to keep up the highest possible performance level. He had to make tough decisions away to Sevilla, Arjen Robben joining James on the bench. "Arjen had been injured for three weeks, he played 90 minutes on Saturday. And three days later an extreme contest like this: I thought it was too risky," said the FCB head coach. Robben "respected and accepted" Heynckes' decision. All players know they have to pool their strengths if they want to keep their dreams of the final in Kiev alive.
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