There are few surprises in Louis van Gaal's selection for today's UEFA Champions League match with visiting Inter Milan, though a staunch FCB supporter may feel that downplays the choices in central defense. Between Breno and Daniel van Buyten starting there and Danijel Pranjic getting the call at left back, Holger Badstuber and Anatoliy Tymoschuk have been pushed to the bench, the German international's inclusion the most curious. Philipp Lahm starts on the right, of course.
Farther up the pitch, Luis Gustavo gets the call along side Bastian Schweinsteiger in midfield, with Toni Kroos missing out. Thomas Müller centers the next band, between Franck Ribéry and Arjen Robben. Mario Gomez starts up top.
Joining Badstuber, Tymoshuck and Kroos on the bench and Miroslav Klose, Andreas Ottl, Hamit Altintop and Hans-Jorg Butt, who backs-up Thomas Kraft.
Bayern Munich, Starting XI: Kraft / Lahm, van Buyten, Breno, Pranjic / Gustavo, Schweinsteiger / Robben, Müller, Ribéry / Gómez.
Bench: Butt, Badstuber, Tymoshuck, Ottl, Kroos, Altintop, Klose