Berlin (AFP) -Franck Ribery warned Bayern Munich face a tricky test at Bayer Leverkusen on Friday as they resume their march towards a sixth straight Bundesliga title following the German winter break.
Jupp Heynckes's team are 11 points clear of second-place Schalke but Leverkusen, who are two points further back in fourth, are unbeaten in 14 matches dating back to September under ex-Dortmund coach Heiko Herrlich.
With six goals and four assists, Leverkusen's outstanding player in the first half of the season was 20-year-old Jamaican winger Leon Bailey, who has thrived since joining from Belgian club Genk last January.Both Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski and defender Mats Hummels are recovering from knee and groin injuries respectively, while right-back Joshua Kimmich has a cold.The separation enables us as Covestro to deploy our existing strengths even more rapidly, effectively and flexibly in the global competitive arena.Independence gives us the opportunity to build our position as a pure-play polymers producer.With our products and applications we want to fulfil our new vision: to make the world a brighter place.
Bayer AG announced in September 2014 that it planned to focus on its life sciences businesses and that Bayer Material Science would be floated on the stock market as an independent company.Since September 2015, Bayer Material Science has been an independent company, operating under the new name Covestro.We continue to be a leading supplier of high-value polymers and innovative solutions for key sectors such as transportation, construction, electronics, furniture, sports equipment and textiles.Leverkusen warmed up for Bayern with a 2-2 draw in a friendly against third-tier Preussen Muenster as Argentina striker Lucas Alario netted both goals following his recovery from a groin injury.Bayern stepped up their preparations with a 5-3 win over third-division Grossaspach on Tuesday when veteran winger Franck Ribery, 34, scored three goals in a starring display."It will be tough at Leverkusen and we will have to give our all to win there," said the Frenchman.Since June 2017, Patrick Thomas has been interim CFO in addition to his function as CEO.