Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Bayern resume title quest with Leverkusen trip

Bayern resume title quest with Leverkusen trip

Franck Ribery said he wants to end his career at Bayern Munich after staking a claim for a new contract with his first Bundesliga goal of the season in a 3-1 win at Leverkusen on Friday.

It meant they were forced to train separately from their team-mates during the winter camp in Doha but have returned to the group this week.

However, Friday's trip to Leverkusen has come too soon for them, with Heynckes revealing they will definitely miss out.

"Overall my team played tactically and defensively very well today".

In August 2017, he was part of the Bayern squad that won the DFL Supercup over Borussia Dortmund in dramatic fashion from the penalty spot.

His clash at Leverkusen's BayArena with Bayern right-back Joshua Kimmich is set to be an interesting sideshow providing Germany defender Kimmich shakes off a cold.

"They are also strong in defence and are a convincing team, that is why they have gone 12 games without a defeat", added Heynckes.

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Sandro Wagner is in line to make his Bayern debut in the game.

Heynckes expects the Germany global to fit seamlessly into their system.

As well as Neuer, Heynckes remains without the services of Thiago, Robert Lewandowski and Mats Hummels, although Lewandowski and Hummels have returned to training.

"I have a dream club, but I won't say who and if I keep working hard, I'm sure it will work someday". His younger brother Malik, who also plays for Bayern, enjoys this same privilege and has already switched his allegiance to the US, where he has competed with the U-15 squad. He has settled in well so far. "I'm happy and he'll be the first option in attack". Bayern are comfortable atop the table, 11 points clear of second-place Schalke and 13 points ahead of fourth-place Bayer Leverkusen.

Leverkusen lacked in clear-cut chances in the first half but after the restart Leon Bailey nearly levelled the scores but his effort rattled only the bar with 54 minutes played.

"They (Leverkusen) are a young, hungry and highly talented side which has a lot of imagination", said head coach Jupp Heynckes in yesterday's press conference. "It's going to be hard".

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