It’s 2016, and Bayern Munich are set for a new era under Carlo Ancelotti.
The Italian will replace the Manchester City-bound Pep Guardiola in the summer and Bayern have pulled off a real coup in hiring a manager with three Champions League winners medals.
Ahead of the move, German newspaper Bild - brought to our attention by 101GreatGoals - have predicted Bayern’s line-up. Not of 2016-17, however, but of 2020.
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Bild offered no reason as to why they are looking so far into the future but it’s interesting to note that they believe Bayern Munich will keep hold of their core players.
In fact, Bild reckon only one player not currently associated with the Bundesliga club will break into their first team: Athletic Bilbao’s highly-rated centre-back, Aymeric Laporte.
Bayern fans will be pleased to see Robert Lewandowski’s name in the team of 2020, despite several reports of a move away from the Allianz Arena.
Check out the full XI below in their 3-2-4-1 formation:
If this projected team of four years’ time is correct (which it won’t be), Bayern fans are in for a number of dull transfer windows.
They’ll be excited to see the name of Fabian Benko, mind.
The 17-year-old is an attacking midfielder who Guardiola brought with the first-team squad on their pre-season tour of China.
By the age of 21, Benko should easily have established himself in the starting line-up.
After playing in Bayern’s friendly win over Inter Milan in July, Guardiola said: “Fabian Benko is a very young player. He is only 17 years old, but we think that he is very good,” per Goal.
"We have to go step by step. It is an honour for him to be here. He is practising with our big players, so the training alone is a big step forward for him, but his place is still in the second and third team.
"From time to time he will train with us but he will stay in the second team. At 17 he still has to improve in all areas of the game, but we are very satisfied with his performances and his attitude in the training."
Kingsley Coman is another prospect but it’s interesting to note that he isn’t actually Bayern’s player. Not yet, anyway.
Juventus loaned the French winger out to the Bavarians - a decision they are regretting after Coman’s goal helped knock his parent club out of the Champions League quarter-finals - and Bayern have the option to buy the talented 19-year-old on a permanent deal.
The only thing missing from Bild’s predicted XI is a manager. Philipp Lahm, perhaps?
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