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Bayer Leverkusen cancel tune-up friendly against Bayern Munich

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The tune-up friendly will not take place at the end of the month now.

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Per a new report from kicker, Bayern Munich will not be playing a friendly against Bayer Leverkusen at the end of the month as a part of their Champions League preparations. Leverkusen are preparing for the remainder of their Europa League campaign, but Die Werkself have called off the friendly as their first match of the remainder of their campaign is on August 6th. Bayern’s second leg against Chelsea takes place on August 8th, so while Leverkusen didn’t give a specific reason as to why they called off the friendly, they probably just don’t want to risk any unnecessary injuries. Bayern will be denied the opportunity to beat Leverkusen for the 3rd time this season.

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The tune-up friendly had to be confined to any of the teams that are still in either the Europa League or Champions League and are not still currently in their domestic season. Part of the reason for this has to due with the fact that players and staff members on those teams are still routinely being tested for the coronavirus per the league’s guidelines. All of the other teams have already had an extended period of time off, so they haven’t been tested as recently. Within the Bundesliga, this meant that Bayern could’ve faced either Leverkusen, VfL Wolfsburg, RB Leipzig, or Eintracht Frankfurt, but Leipzig and Wolfsburg are already playing a friendly against each other at the end of the month, so Leverkusen and Frankfurt were the only options.

After 12 days off from training, Bayern’s squad will restart with virus tests, small group training, and cyber training for the week. Once everyone has been tested three times, the plan is to restart full team sessions next Sunday with 24 outfield players and 3 goalkeepers. Leroy Sane and Niklas Sule have already been working with trainers and physios since they’re both recovering from cruciate ligament tears, though Sane is a bit further along than Sule.

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