Kiessling: Bayer are deep in the mess

Bayer 04 Leverkusen striker Stefan Kiessling believes the players are to blame for a slump that has seen the club collect just six points from their last eight games.

Eleven of the Company were hammered 4-1 at home last Friday by FC Schalke 04 and are now just four points clear of relegation trouble. It appears Bayer will face a massive next encounter in the Bundesliga against 17th place FC Ingolstadt 04 on 6 May at Audi-Sportpark.   

Nonetheless, veteran Kiessling demanded his teammates step up to the plate in their battle for survival. He told Kicker, "There is no coach to blame, there are no fans to blame. That's us, we're on the pitch, we're to blame.

"We have to give in and each one has to tear his ass (work his backside off). I do not have the words, I can't explain, I only know that we are very deeply involved in the mess."

Meanwhile, recent reports out of Germany suggest Leverkusen coach Tayfun Korkut could be soon relieved of his duties following the poor run of form. The former Turkey international took over in early March but seemingly has struggled to impress so far.

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