(Sporting Alert) — Manuel Neuer was named on the bench for Bayern Munich in today’s German Bundesliga clash at Hoffenheim.
With the German No. 1 on the bench, fellow countryman Tom Starke starts in goal for the league leaders, who hold a massive 14 point lead in the over the second place side.
Also on the bench this evening are Mario Mandzukic, Daniel van Buyten, Toni Kroos and Luis Gustavo Dias.
Germany striker Mario Gomez is back in the starting lineup, and will feature in an attacking line that also includes Bastian Schweinsteiger, Franck Ribéry, Thomas Müller and the highly talented Xherdan Shaqiri.
Jerome Boateng starts as well, alongside Dante and Philipp Lahm.
Hoffenheim are 17th in the Bundesliga table standings.
Hoffenheim: Volland, Gomes, Johnson, Vestergaard, Angel Abraham, Ochs, Weis, Williams, Usami, Schrock, De Camargo.
Subs: Casteels, Jensen, Acquah, Firmino, Advincula, Derdiyok, Joselu.
Bayern Munich: Starke, Boateng, Lahm, Dante, Alaba, Martinez, Muller, Ribery, Schweinsteiger, Shaqiri, Gomez.
Subs: Neuer, Contento, van Buyten, Kroos, Gustavo, Tymoshchuk, Mandzukic