13 Enero, 2018
StarTimes subscribers this weekend will continue to enjoy live matches from the Bundesliga season as two giants of the Bundesliga, Bayern Leverkusen and Bayern Munich returned to action yesterday on StarTimes World football (channel 254 and 245).Bayern Munich Coach, Heynckes - the brains behind Bayern's 2012/13 unprecedented Bundesliga, DFB Cup and UEFA Champions League haul - has worked wonders since returning to the hot seat in place of Carlo Ancelotti on October 6, 2017.
"I have said everything there is to say and won't say anything more", replied Heynckes when asked about his future in the midst of Bayern's hunt for a new head coach for 2018/19.
With six goals and four assists, Leverkusen's outstanding player in the first half of the season was 20-year-old Jamaican winger Leon Bailey, who has thrived since joining from Belgian club Genk last January.
It quietened down until half-time, but after the break Bailey nearly sent the home supporters into raptures when he dribbled beyond his marker, turned into space and sent a sublime strike over Sven Ulreich, but unfortunately the dipping effort hit the crossbar.
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. "We lost our concentration a bit after leading 2-0 but it is just difficult to win here". Leverkusen should be ready for that, because while dreaming of such upsets is one thing, actually achieving them is something else.
"We have to keep working hard, looking at the table won't get us anywhere".
- Sandro Wagner made his comeback for Bayern in the Bundesliga after 3785 days, his last game for them took place on September 2, 2007. The visitors took the lead in the 32nd minute when Martinez fired in from close range after Leverkusen failed to clear an Arturo Vidal header.
Moments later the home team were made to pay the price for the near miss as Ribéry was picked out on the wing by James.
- Wendell played in his 100th Bundesliga game and became the fifth Brazilian to do so for Leverkusen.
However Rodriguez, on loan from Real Madrid, showed his class by cooly slotting home a free-kick on the edge of the area after being fouled just outside the box.
"Leverkusen is a young and very talented team which played very offensive".