Reigning champions, FC Bayern Munich will Friday night open their fourth straight title defense in the 2016-2017 Bundesliga season against SV Werder Bremen at the Allianz Arena.
Pep Guardiola now with Manchester City oversaw Bayern Munich capture their fourth consecutive German top flight trophy last term with a 10-point lead over runners-up Borussia Dortmund in the final overall standings.
Dortmund were the last team who won the Bundesliga before Bayern’s four-season reign and they are sure going to push their rivals again this season.
The Bavarians will be led by newly-appointed head coach Carlo Ancelotti this season following the exit of Guardiola earlier this summer.
The Spanish mentor actually signed a contract with City way back in February and so Bayern had the opportunity to find a suitable replacement in the middle of last term.
Ancelotti is also a distinguished head coach who handled championship teams with Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain as well as a two-time Champions League winner with AC Milan and also once with Real Madrid with a total of three UCL titles.
Bayern are going into Friday’s clash high on confidence as they are coming off a 5-0 thumping of FC Carl Zeiss Jena at the Ernst-Abbe-Sportfeld last Friday in the 2016-2017 German DFB-Pokal tournament as a prelude to their German top flight opener.
Meanwhile, Werder Bremen, who finished 13th last season, was knocked out of the same tournament by Sportfreunde Lotte, 1-2, at the Sportpark am Lotter Kreuz last Sunday.
Bremen will continue to be handled by Ukrainian manager Viktor Skrypnyk this season and will be facing a tough test right in their season-opener against a much stronger Munich XI.
Die Werderaner had no big-name signings this summer to significantly improve their squad, but had actually lost a few key players instead, such as Senegalese defender Papy Djilobodji, who was returned to Chelsea from a loan spell, Danish defender Jannik Vestergaard to Borussia Monchengladbach, and Anthony Ujah to Chinese Super League side Liaoning Whowin FC.
Possible Line ups
Bayern Munich starting lineup (4-3-3 formation): Neuer; Rafinha, Martinez, Alaba, Bernat; Vidal, Lahm, Kimmich; Müller, Lewandowski, Ribery
Werder Bremen starting lineup (4-2-3-1 formation): Wiedwald; Selassie, Sane, Moisander, Sternberg; Fritz, Junuzovic; Yatabare, Kruse, Bartels; Thy
Bayern Munich 2-0 Werder Bremen.
“We want to start well but I am not a magician so I can not predict the outcome”
“We want to play like we did in the DFB Cup in April tomorrow (Friday). That was a bold performance,”