Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

Bayern without Hummels, Lewandowski at Leverkusen

Bayern without Hummels, Lewandowski at Leverkusen

Time and time again, the back three for the hosts were incapable of clearing their lines, as far too often they presented the ball right back to Bayern's midfielders and attackers, keeping themselves on the back foot.

Franck Ribery is determined to extend his stay at Bayern Munich after scoring in Friday's 3-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen.

Bayern's season changed dramatically after Carlo Ancelotti left the Allianz Arena.

Jupp Heynckes came into this game without some of his star players in the side, with the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Thiago, Joshua Kimmich and Mats Hummels all missing.

Leverkusen warmed up for Bayern with a 2-2 draw in a friendly against third-tier Preussen Muenster as Argentina striker Lucas Alario netted both goals following his recovery from a groin injury.

"I've been friends with Usain for four years now, we play football and hang out sometimes, he's a good person", 20-year-old Bailey told after posting a picture of himself alongside Bolt last month.

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Both Ribery and Bayern's other veteran winger Arjen Robben, 34, are out of contract in June and the pair hope to be offered extensions in the coming weeks.

However, Heynckes warns there is plenty of talent in Bayer's ranks, pointing to Germany winger Julian Brandt and teenager Kai Havertz, 18, who are both unsafe in front of goal.

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Such is his authority and standing at the club - president Uli Hoeness described Heynckes' return as "getting six numbers in the lottery plus the jackpot" - he remains Bayern's No. 1 candidate for next season.

Germany forward Thomas Mueller said Bayern are back at their best after struggling with fatigue through the final weeks of past year, even if results did not show it. "I'm having fun with the team, enjoying playing and training as well".

The 26-year-old striker has scored 28 goals for Hoffenheim since joining from Dutch side Heerenveen in 2015, this includes an impressive nine goals in 16 top-flight matches this season. "He's a German worldwide with ambitions of going to the World Cup in Russian Federation". Leverkusen definitely don't want to start falling to the wrong end of that crowd, and a shocking win over Bayern would not only help them start to gain separation from the pack, it would help them gain some much-needed momentum to keep pulling away.

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