Bayern Munich suffered a double blow against Manchester United in the first-leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie on Tuesday.
Two of their regular players picked up suspensions and will now miss the second-leg at the Allianz Arena next week.
Javi Martinez, a midfielder-turned-centre-back and world class in both positions, picked up a yellow card in the 89th minute for a challenge on Javier Hernandez.
Just a minute later Bastian Schweinsteiger was shown his second yellow of the evening and was sent off, as the encounter finished in a 1-1 draw.
The two star players will be watching from the stands next Wednesday when Bayern will attempt to progress to the semi-finals of the competition.
In addition to that, Spanish midfielder Thiago Alcantara will also be out with a knee injury.
But will they missed? Bayern winger Arjen Robben certainly does not think so.
"We will have Dante back and with him we will manage to reach the next round," said the Dutchman. "The 1-1 is a good result and we will happily take that with us.”
Robben does indeed have a point. Dante is a very accomplished centre-back and will slot in just as fine alongside Jerome Boateng in central defence. A late bloomer, the 30-year-old was a key cog in the Bavarian giants’ machine last season as they achieved a historic treble.
And if one needs further proof, then one should know that he is currently fighting against Thiago Silva and David Luiz for a place in Brazil’s starting lineup for the 2014 World Cup finals.
Now to midfield, where Bayern are blessed with genuinely world-class footballers. However, the absence of Schweinsteiger could prove to be an unnecessary worry. It would have been fine if coach Pep Guardiola knew that he could at least call the German from the bench, but the 30-year-old’s suspension means that someone else will need to become the engine of the team.
Having said that, Bayern have done just fine without him in several matches, with Schweinsteiger having made just 16 starts in the Bundesliga. Which means that Toni Kroos might be asked to play a bit deeper and provide protection to the defence and star play-maker Mario Gotze deployed from the start.
Philipp Lahm will already be in central midfield, so a bit of spreading of responsibilities would be enough for Bayern to compensate the absence of Schweinsteiger.