Conditions proved unfriendly as winter made a return. Leverkusen was in the grip of heavy snowfall, icy winds and temperatures around freezing on Wednesday. At the stroke of 10.30 CEST, Hannes Wolf welcomed the Werkself players to an intensive session at the Ulrich Haberland Stadium. The training session included an 11-a-side game as there are more than seven days between the 2-1 home win against Schalke 04 and the away game at TSG Hoffenheim on Monday night, 12 April (kick-off: 20.30 CEST).
The practice match was played over 4×8 minutes. Daley Sinkgraven took part again as did Charles Aránguiz. While the Werkself captain trained on his own the day before, left-back Sinkgraven returned to full training at the start of the week after recovering from a muscular injury. That means the only absentees were long-term injured players Santiago Arias, Julian Baumgartlinger, Lars Bender and Timothy Fosu-Mensah.
Fernando Carro, chairman of the board at Bayer 04, recently talked about the forthcoming reform of the UEFA Champions League. In an interview with SportBild, the 56-year-old highlighted the risk of an increasingly bigger imbalance in football saying, "it is an absolute possibility. If in the end, the Champions League gets even more and the Europa League even less then the discrepancy is even bigger. Performance has to be rewarded, that's clear. But we definitely have to ensure that a certain level of equality of opportunity remains."
The German top-flight in football could serve as an example for future financial distribution. Carro added: "If money were to be fairly distributed in Europe in future as we have done it in the Bundesliga then the gap would not be as big."
Agreement regarding the new form of the Champions League is currently in its final stages. An increase from 32 to 36 teams is planned from 2024. There is also talk of an increased number of group matches. This should be replaced by the so-called 'Swiss model'. With this league-based structure there should be a common table as well as a group stage. According to Carro, the Bundesliga sees this format as a "good compromise."
Monster Energy has been a partner in the Sponsors Club at Bayer 04 Leverkusen since the start of the 2023/24 season. Monster Energy has shown their products at Werkself home games on the LED advertising hoardings at the BayArena. Monster Energy activated the next stage of the partnership with the current Bundesliga league leaders for Bayer 04’s home game against Union Berlin in the middle of November. Monster Energy will continue to present themselves as a reliable and ambitious partner to Leverkusen fans through similar promotional events as at the game against Union Berlin.Show more
Bundesliga leaders Bayer 04 host Borussia Dortmund on Matchday 13 today, Sunday 3 December (17:30 CET), with a capacity crowd expected at the BayArena. Here’s all the latest information ahead of the clash with BVB.Show more
Bayer 04 welcomed 14 media representatives from Africa on Friday, 1 December. The trip for journalists from the likes of Burkina Faso, Senegal, Mozambique, Togo, Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana and Togo was organised by the Deutsche Fußball Liga (DFL) with the goal of establishing and promoting Africa as a new target market for the Bundesliga.Show more
Bayer 04 has modernised its media working area in the stands at the BayArena and equipped it with new, multifunctional monitors. The 50 screens will be used for the first time for the fixture against Borussia Dortmund on Matchday 13 in the Bundesliga next Sunday, 3 December (kick-off: 17:30 CET) and offer the media representatives working at the BayArena on matchday numerous possibilities.Show more