James Rodriguez to start for Bayern Munich against PSG in the Champions League
“If he’s fully fit in training tomorrow, he’ll start,” Heynckes told media at his customary pre-match press conference on Monday. “He’s getting better all the time.”
After being hampered by niggling injuries at the beginning of the 2017/18 campaign, James has rediscovered his best form in recent weeks. The Real Madrid loanee has started Bayern’s last six Bundesliga outings, registering a goal and two assists. He also played his part in Champions League wins over Celtic and Anderlecht.
“I’m seeing with him more and more just how grateful he is to have a coach who speaks his language and integrates him into the team,” continued Heynckes, who replaced Carlo Ancelotti as head coach in the wake of Bayern’s 3-0 defeat in Paris on Champions League Matchday 3. “He always works hard and always wants to be on the ball. I’m happy for him.”
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Bundesliga leaders Bayern are already assured of their place in the Champions League round of 16, but will progress as Group B winners if they beat Ligue 1 pacesetters PSG by a four-goal margin in the heavyweight clash at the Allianz Arena.