Bayer 04 Leverkusen coach Roger Schmidt is confident his side can put an end to RB Leipzig’s undefeated run in the Bundesliga, when the two sides clash at the BayArena on Friday night.
Schmidt admitted to having selection difficulties due to injuries as his side prepare to face Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side – who occupy second position on the league standings after 10 games.
“We want to win the game,” he said in a press-conference.
“I still haven’t seen Robbie Kruse and (Javier Hernandez) Chicharito. They’re due to return sometime today.
“Joel Pohjanpalo and Vladlen Yurchenko trained with the rest the team. It’s looking very good for both of them,” he continued.
Schmidt confirmed the unavailability of Leverkusen captain Lars Bender, who continues on his journey to recovery after sustaining an ankle injury, which has sidelined him for two weeks.
“Lars’s problem with his heel is getting better. But our captain is still feeling a bit of pain. I don’t think he’ll be available for tomorrow.
“It doesn’t matter who plays. We’ve every chance of winning the game against Leipzig.
“Much euphoria and confidence at Leipzig,” he added.
The 49-year-old mentor also took the time to highlight a number of similarities between the two teams’ style of play.
“The approach of both teams is similar: We want to be proactive and get on the front foot. Leipzig play that way too but not exclusively and neither do we.
“That’s all part of modern football. Every coach has to choose the key points in his game that he thinks are right. Leipzig have carried the promotion euphoria over into the new season and their squad has real quality. They work well together and have gained confidence with every win.
“There is a good feeling in the group. We have players who are happy to get back to the dressing room. That’s a good sign.
“I feel there’s a great level of determination and that’s what we want to show on the pitch tomorrow,” he concluded.
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