Bayern Munich spent over 70 million euros ($94.36 million) to build their squad back up over the close season but injuries mean even their resources will be tested when they host Hanover 96 on Saturday.
Bayern played so well in beating Hansa Rostock 3-0 and Werder Bremen 4-0 in the opening two games that their only two threats would appear to be complacency or an injury crisis.
The personnel situation cannot yet be called a crisis but coach Ottmar Hitzfeld will be concerned that he has only one striker for Saturday’s game.
Luca Toni, the new Italian signing who has scored twice already, will have to lead the line alone after Miroslav Klose joined Jan Schlaudraff and Lukas Podolski on the casualty list.
Bastian Schweinsteiger and Marcell Jansen are also big doubts after they were forced to miss Germany’s friendly against England at Wembley on Wednesday.
Centre-back Lucio has a calf injury but could be fit for the visit of Hanover, who got their first win of the season when they came from a goal down to beat Karlsruhe last Friday.
Despite the concerns, Bayern will be overwhelming favourites to make it three wins out of three on Saturday, and …Read more »