Leverkusen (AP) – Bayer Leverkusen coach Peter Bosz may be able to fall back on his two goalscorers Patrik Schick and Lucas Alario in the last group match of the Europa League on Thursday against Slavia Prague (6:55 p.m. / DAZN).
Initially, Czech newcomer Schick had missed seven league games due to a hamstring, and immediately after returning, his representative Alario, who was successful with ten league goals, was missing three games. “Lucas is going to train today and we will see if it works tomorrow,” said Bosz.
The duo would not appear simultaneously. However, having both available would be especially important because of load sharing. At Schick there is “still a risk”, Bosz explains, “that’s why we always take him down sooner if we can”. But Alario is nominally the only other striker in the squad.
The coach will have to do without defensive boss Sven Bender in the next two league games, but not because of the previously known injury. According to the club, Bender, who had missed the last four games due to an ankle injury, sustained a capsule injury in his right knee during practice.
With a victory on Thursday against the Czech champions with the same number of points, Bayer would secure the group victory. Bosz absolutely wants it, “for the draw and for the good feeling”. A single goal is enough for Bayer to set a preliminary round record for a Bundesliga club in the Europa League. Werder Bremen (2009/10) and Eintracht Frankfurt (2018/19) had, like Leverkusen, scored 17 goals in the group stage so far.
Bayer Leverkusen: Hradecky – L. Bender, Tah, Dragovic, Sinkgraven – Baumgartlinger – Amiri, Wirtz – Bailey, Schick, Diaby
Slavia Prague: Kolar – Boril, Zima, Kudela, Masopust – Stanciu, Sevcik – Sima, Lingr, Olayinka – Kuchta
Referee: Tasos Sidiropoulos (Greece)