Bayern Munich coach Julian Nagelsmann called up new signing João Cancelo one day after his commitment to the starting XI of the DFB Cup round of 16 at FSV Mainz 05.
The 28-year-old Portugal international was loaned out by Manchester City until the end of the season. "He can go full throttle," said Nagelsmann shortly before kick-off on Sky. "João had a very good cross and in Pep (Guardiola) he had one of the best coaches in the world." Nagelsmann left it open how exactly the outside player is used in the Bayern system. "Let yourself be surprised," said the coach.
The recently injured Joshua Kimmich can play from the start, Leon Goretzka has returned to the Bayern squad after recovering from muscular problems.
At Mainz 05, the two winter buyers Ludovic Ajorque in the center of the attack and Andreas Hanche-Olsen on the right in the defensive line were there from the start. Finn Dahmen is back in goal. Regular keeper Robin Zentner is still unavailable due to back problems. Surprisingly, Karim Onisiwo is not in the starting line-up. He had recently scored three goals in the Bundesliga game against VfL Wolfsburg (5:2).