27.09.2022Bayer 04

News in brief: Back on the pitch ahead of FC Bayern clash

While eleven Werkself players are currently away on international duty, the rest of the squad started preparations this week for the Bundesliga fixture against Bayern Munich on Friday 30 September (kick-off: 20.30 CEST).

In a 90-minute session in wind and rain with a temperature of ten degrees, the focus was on passing and moves as well as sprints. Head coach Gerardo Seoane was able to welcome back the first player from international duty in the shape of Charles Aránguiz. Aránguiz played for Chile on Friday night in a friendly against Morocco (0-2). The midfielder played the first 45 minutes for La Roja in his 95th international appearance.

More good news: Andrey Lunev was back on the training ground for the first time after recovering from a thigh injury. The keeper worked with goalkeeping coach David Thiel.

Adli completes large parts of full training


Amine Adli was involved in much of full training today as well as working on his own. “Amine is on the right track. He still needs to complete endurance tests before getting the all clear from the medical section. The main aim is to correctly assess the recovery from injury as best as possible to minimise the risk as much as we can,” Seoane reported to the media after the session. In addition, the coach included three U19 players in the 16-strong Werkself training group: Keeper Maximilian Neutgens, midfielder Ingyom Jung and striker Noah Pesch.

Florian Wirtz trained on his own at the same time in the neighbouring Ulrich Haberland Stadium. “He’s working to a timetable and is already able to do some things more dynamically. Nevertheless, there’s still a fair way to go,” explained the Swiss coach.

The 43-year-old team boss drew a positive conclusion from recent training sessions: “The part of the squad that’s here has been committed in training, has shown good energy and readiness. I see a team on the pitch that is pulling its weight and trying daily to improve.” For the forthcoming match against Bayern Munich, video analysis and individual discussions will come into play in addition to physical training in the next few days.

tickets sold out


Lukas Hradecky and Co. will have the backing of a large number of Black and Red fans at the Allianz Arena: 2,441 tickets have been sold.

Ballack's best goals on Werkself TV

To celebrate the 46th birthday of Michael Ballack, Werkself TV brings you his best goals for Bayer 04. HERE is the video.
Michael Ballack joined Bayer 04 Leverkusen from FC Kaiserslautern in the summer of 1999. Under the Bayer Cross, the former Germany captain with the number 13 shirt developed into a world-class player before moving on to Bayern Munich (2002 to 2006) and Chelsea (2006 to 2010). Ballack ended his career where it took off: at Bayer 04 Leverkusen. The midfielder with a goal threat made 155 appearances and scored 42 goals (28 assists) in five years at Bayer 04.

happy birthday

Another birthday boy in the Bayer 04 family: Fitness coach Markus Müller is 37 today. Müller joined Leverkusen from Borussia Mönchengladbach at the start of the 2022/23 season after spending six years as a fitness coach with his previous club. Müller, who completed a degree at the German Sports University in Cologne, also worked in the academy at Borussia Dortmund for two years.

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