Hyypia sees lessons from Leverkusen slump

Bayer Leverkusen coach Sami Hyypia says he is learning a lot from his side's recent slump in form, although he hopes it will not go on for much longer.

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The Finn has never experienced such a string of results during his managerial career as the five defeats his side have suffered over the past few weeks, but rather than crying over spilt milk, he is instead thriving under the pressure.

"My coaching career is not very long and this is the first time that I'm stuck in such a situation," he said ahead of this weekend's clash with Hannover.

"Of course I've asked many people for advice as to what I can do. I want to develop myself and without this situation, that development would progress slower."

"This is a good challenge for us to show we are strong."

Hyypia admits he is willing to try absolutely anything to get his side's form back on track as Leverkusen look to keep hold of their berth in the top three of the Bundesliga.

"If it helps for a player to stand on his head, then he'll stand on his head," he said in Kicker magazine.

"We just need to find a bit of relaxation and self-confidence."

Hannover coach Tayfun Korkut will do what he can to prevent them from getting either, although he does not particularly relish facing Leverkusen in their current situation.

"A boxer who has been hit hard is at his most dangerous," he said. "We've got to ensure that Leverkusen's insecurities only grow throughout the match."

Lars Stindl misses the visit of Leverkusen due to suspension and Artur Sobiech has a knee injury, but Andre Hoffmann is back and able to play in defence.

Lars Bender is Hyypia's biggest concern with a knee injury he picked up while on international duty with Germany.

"We'll have to wait until Saturday to find out whether he can play or not," said Hyypia. "I hope he can."



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