With three victories in the first three rounds of Bundesliga play, Thomas Tuchel’s squad is off to a great start in championship defense, though they haven’t faced a real test just yet.
After three matches, Bayern has scored nine goals and allowed two, tied with Eintracht Frankfurt for the fewest in the league. They are tied for second place in the Bundesliga with Friday’s opponents, Leverkusen, both having collected 9 points.
This will be Bayern Munich’s first real push for the crown as Leverkusen has emerged as an early contender. This is their opportunity to make a statement to the rest of the league about the caliber of their team, the extent of their domination, and their resolve to defend their title.
Goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has been a long-term absentee for Thomas Tuchel. The goalkeeper has a broken leg and is currently in therapy. The German national team player’s return has not been scheduled.
Raphael Guerreiro, a left back for Bayern, is also unavailable. After the international break, the 29-year-old fullback will have to battle fitness difficulties before returning to Bundesliga play.
This season, Xabi Alonso has built a very interesting team. Leverkusen has the same number of scored goals as VfB Stuttgart (11). In three matches in the Bundesliga, Alonso’s squad has kept only one clean sheet while conceding three goals.
On Friday at the Allianz Arena, Leverkusen will play Bayern Munich, the Bundesliga’s top team. Leverkusen’s ability to compete with Bayern Munich’s veteran squad will be tested on the field.
A victory would give Alonso and his teammates confidence to make a run at the championship. For Leverkusen, an early loss may have serious consequences.
Patrik Schick, one of Leverkusen’s strikers, is out indefinitely with an injury. The 27-year-old has missed almost 24 games for Leverkusen due to his abductor muscle injury.
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Bayern vs Leverkusen Game Information
- Date: 09/15/2023
- Time: 02:30 PM ET
- Location: Allianz Arena (München).
- How to Watch Bayern vs Leverkusen: ESPN+
- Live Stream: fubo.tv