Preview: Bayern Munich vs. Augsburg

Preview: Bayern Munich vs. Augsburg

Champions Bayern Munich host Augsburg in the Bundesliga on Saturday, with both sides in buoyant moods after achieving their main objectives for the campaign.

This will be Hansi Flick’s final match in charge of the Bavarians ahead of Julian Nagelsmann replacing him in the summer, while Markus Weinzierl will be looking towards next season having secured the visitors’ safety.

Having already secured a ninth successive Bundesliga title, Saturday’s fixture will have more meaning for certain individuals than any wider collective aims at Bayern.

Flick will not be the only man representing Bayern for the last time, with the long-serving trio of David Alaba, Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez all set to bid farewell ahead of their summer departures from the club.

Robert Lewandowski, meanwhile, equalled Gerd Muller’s 39-year long Bundesliga record of scoring 40 goals in a single season by converting his penalty in the 2-2 draw against Freiburg last time out, so the 32-year-old will be aiming to go one better than the legendary Germany striker by bagging once again against Augsburg.

Thomas Muller received a boost earlier this week, too, having been recalled by Germany manager Joachim Low to the national team’s Euro 2020. As such, he will be desperate to nail down a place in his nation’s starting XI after a fine campaign.

Augsburg, meanwhile, have ultimately proved vindicated in replacing Heiko Herrlich with Weinzierl at such a late stage of the season, with the 46-year-old guiding his side to a crucial 2-0 win against relegation rivals Werder Bremen last weekend.

After losing Ruben Vargas to a 13th-minute red card for kicking out at Theodor Gebre Selassie, Christian Gross’s second booking for a trip on Marco Richter levelled the playing field in the 49th minute.

Augsburg took advantage from there, with Rani Khedira firing the hosts ahead with a scuffed effort, before substitute Daniel Caligiuri wrapped up a vital win by converting his penalty in injury time to move his side four points clear of Bremen in the table.

Weinzierl, who is in his second spell in charge at the club having previously guided Augsburg to the Europa League knockout stage in 2016, may now look to use Saturday’s trip to Munich to judge his players’ qualities against the strongest side in the division as he prepares for the next campaign.

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