Lagos – Bayern coach Hansi Flick has yet to give up hope that soccer world champion Benjamin Pavard will play in the Champions League final tournament in Lisbon. However, the defender with the injured foot will not take part in the short training camp for the German record champions in the Algarve, as Flick told the German news agency on Sunday. Pavard is expected to come to Lisbon if possible, however, the Bayern coach said hours before the team left Munich on a charter plane to Portugal. “We wait with Benji day in and day out,” Flick said.
“We’re in a good mood, he’s progressing,” Flick reported on Saturday night after the 4-1 second leg victory over Chelsea. Pavard suffered a left tarsal ligament injury while training two weeks ago. The 24-year-old Frenchman was represented by Joshua Kimmich at right-back against Chelsea. For this, Thiago went to the midfield. Bayern are preparing in the Algarve on Wednesday. On Thursday, the entourage will travel to Lisbon, where the quarter-finals against FC Barcelona will take place on Friday evening at the Estadio da Luz in Benfica.
Pavard entered the arena on Saturday with crutches and a special shoe. “We’ll have to wait and see if there is anything else in terms of the quarter-finals or the semi-finals. We will try everything, Benji is very determined,” said Flick. “We hope there is still a chance that he can still intervene in the tournament.” The final tournament will take place from August 12 to 23.
Winger Kingsley Coman, who was also not featured against Chelsea, should be an option again against FC Barcelona. “We didn’t want to take any chances,” Flick said of Chelsea’s waiver. Coman was due to travel to Portugal on Sunday, as was Jérôme Boateng. The center-back suffered minor injuries against Chelsea and was later replaced by Niklas Süle. “I think it’s not that bad for him,” Flick said over the weekend.