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Bayern vs. Marseille: team news
Will Robert Lewandowski keep on scoring when Bayern Munich face Dario Benedetto's (r.) Marseille in a friendly at the FC Bayern Campus?
Bayern Munich face Marseille in the Audi Digital Summer Tour on Friday (kick-off 4pm CEST/3pm BST/10am ET) as Hansi Flick puts his team through their paces ahead of the UEFA Champions League last-16 clash with Chelsea.
After a three-week break from action, the double winners are gearing up again for part three of their treble tilt, with Chelsea visiting the Allianz Arena on 8 August. In order to ensure his team have not lost their competitive edge for that fixture, France's second 2020/21 Champions League qualifiers have been lined up for a prestigious behind-closed-doors friendly in Munich. With the conclusion of the continent's 2019/20 edition at the forefront of Flick's thoughts, new signings Leroy Sane, Alexander Nübel and Tanguy Nianzou - all ineligible for the Champions League resumption - will not play a part this Friday. Flick will also be without the injured Benjamin Pavard, forcing him into a defensive reshuffle which should provide some indication as to who will earn the nod against The Blues. Flick should otherwise pick his strongest team in this first dress rehearsal for the return to competitive action, a game he says comes at an "optimal time" to bridge the gap between winning the Bundesliga and DFB Cup and bidding for the Champions League, with 11-goal competition top-scorer Robert Lewandowski keeping his scoring boots polished up top. Flick may also want to take a closer look at Bright Arrey-Mbi and Malik Tillman, who have been added to his squad for the Champions League together with Chris Richards, although the latter is currently visiting family in the USA.
Marseille's last competitive outing came in a 2-2 draw with Amiens on 8 March. With the French government bringing a halt to professional football in early March, due to the Coronavirus, Andre Villas-Boas' men were declared runners up behind PSG with attention subsequently turning to the start of the new Ligue 1 campaign on 21 August. After three weeks in pre-season training, a week-long training camp in Bavaria saw emphatic wins over Austrian third division side Pinzgau (5-1) and local Bavarian club Heimstetten (6-1) before a 2-1 loss to Slovakian club FK DAC. Villas-Boas has included 17-year-old midfielder Cheick Soare in his 29-man squad, while on-loan Borussia Dortmund defender Leonardo Balerdi got his first run-out in an OM shirt against DAC and could well be considered for more minutes in Munich.
Bayern and Marseille have only met twice in the past: in the quarter-finals of the 2011/12 UEFA Champions League, with Bayern winning both legs 2-0 on their way to defeat to Chelsea in the final.
Lewandowski picked up his fifth Bundesliga top-scorer award in 2019/20 with 34 goals; he has scored three in four previous meetings with Marseille, all for Borussia Dortmund.
Among the players to have appeared for both clubs is Franck Ribery, who joined Bayern from Marseille in 2007. He won nine Bundesliga titles with Bayern.
Marseille full-back Hiroki Sakai played 92 Bundesliga games between 2012 and 2016 for Hannover; he faced Bayern four times, losing on each occasion.
Bright Arrey-Mbi, Malik Tillman and Chris Richards have all been included in Bayern's Champions League squad for the upcoming 'final 8' tournament.
Bayern's last competitive fixture was on 4 July, a 4-2 win over Bayer Leverkusen in the DFB Cup final.
Bayern: Neuer (c) - Kimmich, Boateng, Alaba, Davies - Goretzka, Thiago - Gnabry, Müller, Coman - Lewandowski
Unavailable: Arp (with U23s), Pavard (foot), Richards (visiting family)
Coach: Hansi Flick
Marseille: Mandanda (c) - Sarr, Alvaro, Caleta-Car, Amavi - Rongier, Kamara, Sanson - Germain, Benedetto, Payet
Coach: Andre Villas-Boas