Bayer Leverksen head coach Roberto Martinez has decided to keep the same starting eleven for Sunday’s game against Bayern Munich.
With the Bavarians having a number of players injured, Martinez decided to bring on another striker for the game, but this one will not be an easy task as he has only one other goal threat at the moment.
The team is also missing two key players, Marco Reus and Jerome Boateng.
The 23-year-old was left out of the starting line-up on Wednesday as the injury concerns surrounding the duo were being taken care of.
“Marco Reus is out with an injury, Jerome Boatens knee is also hurting and he will be out for another week,” Martinez told the club’s official website.
“Bayer Leverkusens are going to start without a striker.
They are going for it on the counterattack.”
Bayern have the second most goals scored in Bundesliga history and are currently sitting in seventh place, while Bayer are also in ninth.
Bayer are still favourites to win the game on Sunday and Martinez is sure to be up for the challenge.
“We have a number people that we are very confident about and it will be a great test for us,” Martinez said.
This is the first game in which Leverkusene will play without Mario Gomez, who missed the match due to an injury.
He will return to the side on Sunday in the absence of the striker who scored the winner against Leverkusener.
Despite the injuries, the Leverkusenes are still the favourites to finish in the top four and they could even take the top spot if they can get the victory.
They will also be without their captain Mario Gomez for the second half of the season, which could be an issue in the Champions League final.
It is the second game in a week for Bayer, who have now lost three in a row, while Bayern have won the last two.
A victory for Bayer will put Leverkus in the mix for a spot in the final of the Champions Leipzig Cup.
Leverkusen are currently top of the Bundesliga with eight points from four games, while the Bavarian side sit at fifth with seven points.
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