Calhanoglu: Our objective is to play CL football

Bayer 04 Leverkusen midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu says that anything less than a Champions League berth for the BayArena outfit would be a disappointment.

Roger Schmidt's side kicked off the second half of their Bundesliga campaign with a win, by defeating Hertha BSC 3-1 courtesy of Calhanoglu's brace and Omer Toprak's first-half strike.

The victory saw Leverkusen end their two-game winless streak in the league and move up in the latest table standings to eighth spot –  six points adrift of fourth-placed Borussia Dortmund.

"We want to score a lot of goals in the Ruckrunde, and do better than we did in the Hinrunde," he told the Bundesliga website. 

"In our league games, we always try to replicate what we do on the training pitch.

"We want to reach the Champions League.

"That's our goal. But to reach it, we have to stay calm and take our games one at a time," he added.

The Turkey international also spoke of his delight at the return of midfielder Karim Bellarabi from a groin injury.

"I'm very happy for him," said Calhanoglu. 

"It's been a long, hard road to recovery, and this comeback was a big step. As a team, all we can do is be there to support him and help him."

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