Bayern down Leverkusen 3-1 as Bundesliga restarts

Annette Crawford
January 13, 2018

He's expected to cause a lot of problems for the Bayern Munich defense.

Bayern hold a commanding 11-point lead over their nearest German league rival, but fourth-placed Bayer Leverkusen are on a 12-match unbeaten run dating back to September in all competitions.

Both Mats Hummels and Robert Lewandowski are set to miss the trip to Leverkusen as the duo make continue to recover from injury.

The 20-year-old Bailey has enjoyed a sensational first full Bundesliga season, having scored six times, and was named as the league's best winger so far this campaign.

In the 2003/04 season Bayer Leverkusen traveled to the Olympiastadion to face champions Bayern Munich, in what was an early season crunch match between the two favorites for the BuLi title.

The winter break in Germany is over, and once again we find ourselves with Bayern Munich already threatening to pull away from the rest of the Bundesliga with the season just half over.

Ribery and Arjen Robben are out of contract at the end of the season, but both hope to be offered an extension in the coming months. "Under the floodlights and against fired-up opponents, this'll be a good game", Bayern's Franck Ribery responded, the flying Frenchman displaying fine form with a 12-minute hat-trick against friendly opponents Sonnenhof Gro├časpach this week.

- Heynckes to stay on?

Javi Martinez (L) of Bayern Munich vies with Kai Havertz of Leverkusen during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich in Leverkusen, Germany, Jan. 12, 2018.

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.

Winger Leon Bailey insists Leverkusen "don't need to hide" against the league leaders and head coach Heiko Herrlich wants his team to "charge out of the blocks" after making a slow start to the last meeting between the sides, which Bayern won 3-1.

Another positive for Mueller is the arrival of Germany striker Sandro Wagner from Hoffenheim, with the burly centre-forward recruited to serve as back-up to the prolific Lewandowski.

To the surprise of Bayern fans, it was the away side who took the lead through defender Carsten Ramelow.

The 46-year-old later said he was ashamed of his actions after dramatically tumbling to the ground after faint contact with Gladbach's Denis Zakaria in the technical area.

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