Summary

  • Leverkusen stars will enjoy Friday night off, watching NBA.
  • 'Chicharito' targets European qualification.
  • Florida Cup 2017 kicks off on Sunday for Schimdt's troops.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen's busy Friday at their Florida training camp will conclude with one of the highlights of the winter tour: a trip to the Amway Center to watch the Orlando Magic take on the Houston Rockets in the NBA.

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Bernd Leno will represent the Bundesliga club in a shooting challenge at the interval of the game, and has been practising hard in order to impress the locals.

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It wasn't all fun and games for Die Werkself on Friday, however. Two training sessions were on the agenda prior to the trip to the Amway Center, with Leverkusen keen to ensure that they secure European qualification for next season: after 16 Matchdays.

"I like playing in the Champions League," star striker Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez told bundesliga.com in a one-on-one interview. "Luckily Bayer have been involved for the last few years. We hope we can achieve this goal again in the second half of the season."

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Elsewhere on Friday, club mascot Brian the Lion - who has been causing quite a stir among Leverkusen's numerous fans in the Sunshine State - enjoyed a day out, following the official Florida Cup press conference from the back of the press conference room, before photo-bombing a number of interviews.

Leverkusen face Argentinian side Estudiantes de la Plata at the AL Lang Stadium on Sunday in their first game of the Florida Cup 2017.

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