Last league game of the year
Fri, 09/12/22, 14:20
Momentum for Leverkusen: 'More important match than Barcelona'
It’s been an intense few weeks for FC Bayern Women! Just three days after the sensational 3-1 win at home to FC Barcelona in the UEFA Women’s Champions League, FCB host Bayer 04 Leverkusen on Saturday, 10 December, on Matchday 10 of the FLYERALARM Women’s Bundesliga. Kick-off at the FC Bayern Campus is at 14:00 CET. The situation, thoughts of the coach and team news - all in the preview.
Bayern head into their final league match of 2022 on a high after enjoying a big win on Wednesday evening. Alexander Straus’ side beat Spanish champions Barcelona 3-1 on Matchday 4 of the UWCL group stage, with Klara Bühl, Lina Magull and Lea Schüller scoring the goals for the Munich girls in front of 24,000 spectators at the Allianz Arena.
Bayern Women can also point to a perfect home record at the FC Bayern Campus this season, with seven wins from seven home games in all competitions. Things have been going well on the road of late, too. One week ago, FCB won 4-0 at Hoffenheim, which moved them above Eintracht Frankfurt - who lost to leaders VfL Wolfsburg - into second place in the table.
Visitors Leverkusen currently sit sixth in the table, with 12 points from nine matches - 10 fewer than Bayern. The Werkself picked up a 3-0 victory at home to bottom-of-the-table Turbine Potsdam last time out.
This will be the 23rd encounter between Bayern and Bayer in the Women’s Bundesliga. The statistics clearly favour Munich, who have won 19 of the 22 matches. The most recent meetings between the two teams have been particularly successful from a Bayern point of view, with five consecutive wins and an aggregate score of 18-1.
The team news
As before, Linda Dallmann (muscular injury), Hanna Glas (knee surgery), Giulia Gwinn (cruciate ligament tear) and Jovana Damnjanović (muscle strain) remain sidelined due to injury. Maximiliane Rall is a doubt after suffering an injury against Barcelona, but there’s good news on Karólína Lea Vilhjálmsdóttir, who returned to full training on Friday.
Head coach Alexander Straus: “For me, the match against Leverkusen is even more important than the one against Barcelona. We need the points on Saturday and we need to go about our work in a professional and focused manner. We’re in a very busy stage of the season and the players have done very well up to now. We need to give everything again on Saturday and produce a performance.”
The analysis of the win over Barcelona at the Allianz Arena: