Bayer Leverkusen get their pre-season preparations underway with a game against 2. Bundesliga side Paderborn.
Last season Leverkusen finished sixth in the Bundesliga, securing qualification to the Europa League group stage — sitting above seventh-placed Eintracht Frankfurt on goal difference. The two goals scored means that Leverkusen avoided the Europa Conference League play-off round, but their competition action still starts in early August with the first round of the DFB-Pokal.
This will be Xabi Alonso’s first full season with Leverkusen, so he’ll be hoping to make the most of the preparation time as they bid to get back into the Champions League.
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When is Paderborn vs Bayer Leverkusen?
Paderborn vs Bayer Leverkusen takes place on Friday 21 July at the IMS Arena in Velbert, Germany.
What is the kick-off time for Paderborn vs Bayer Leverkusen?
Paderborn vs Bayer Leverkusen will kick-off at 4:30 (UK time).
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Who is refereeing Paderborn vs Bayer Leverkusen?
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Paderborn team news
Paderborn have been hit with the bad news recently that Robert Leipertz will be out for some time with a torn meniscus in his right knee, with no return date given just yet. The injury was picked up during what has been a busy pre-season schedule for Paderborn, with four games played so far. Their competitive season starts at the end of this month with the return of the 2. Bundesliga.
Bayer Leverkusen team news
This week, Leverkusen welcomed a lot of international players back to their training squad, including new signing Jonas Hofmann. The likes of Florian Wirtz, Edmond Tapsoba, Lukas Hradecky and Exequiel Palacios are also back involved in training and will be hoping to get some minutes under their belt on Friday — especially when the games won’t be too strenuous.
Also looking to make an impact on Friday will be Granit Xhaka, who had already completed a week of training with his new club after joining from Arsenal this summer.
“The ideas and philosophy of the club persuaded me,” told reporters of his move to Leverkusen.
“It was a straightforward decision to join Leverkusen. I really feel at home here although it’s only my second day. The lads are brilliant and I’ve had a great reception.”
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