Bayern Munich’s goalless draw with RB Leipzig on Sunday evening brought about a few positives for Hansi Flick’s side.
Firstly, they remain top of the Bundesliga table by one point as Timo Werner’s miss from close range in the second half proved costly as a win for the visitors would have seen them regain top spot.
Secondly, Bayern stretched their unbeaten run to nine games across all competitions which means they are coming into form at just the right time as they target a treble.
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Last but not least – and perhaps most importantly – they were able to welcome back two key players from injury in the second half.
Lucas Hernandez made his long awaited return to action as a replacement for Jerome Boateng just after the hour mark. This was his first appearance in 110 days as he last featured in the 3-2 victory away to Olympiacos on October 22.
Then five minutes before the end Leon Goretzka made way Kingsley Coman.
The French winger suffered a nasty knee injury against Tottenham Hotspur in Bayern’s final Champions League group game a couple of month ago and was able to get a few minutes under his belt.
With the Bundesliga giants facing Chelsea in the last-16 of Europe’s elite club competition over two legs, having Hernandez as well as Coman fit again is certainly a double boost for their chances of reaching the quarter-final.
However, Ivan Perisic will miss the game at Stamford Bridge on February 25 with an ankle injury sustained in training.
A statement via the club’s official website read: “FC Bayern will be without Ivan Perišić for the time being. The 31-year-old Croatia international sustained a fracture to his outer ankle during training on Tuesday.
“The ankle has to be screwed together. It will take around four weeks for the injury to heal, then he’ll begin recovery training,” confirmed…