Friday, 26 August 2016

Champions league Opening Day & Opposition Reaction

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TALK

 Opening days
Tuesday 13 September
Group A: Paris Saint-Germain v Arsenal, Basel v Ludogorets Razgrad
Group B: Dynamo Kyiv v Napoli, Benfica v Beşiktaş
Group C: Barcelona v Celtic, Manchester City v Borussia Mönchengladbach
Group D: Bayern München v Rostov, PSV Eindhoven v Atlético Madrid
Wednesday 14 September
Group E: Bayer Leverkusen v CSKA Moskva, Tottenham Hotspur v Monaco
Group F: Real Madrid v Sporting CP, Legia Warszawa v Borussia Dortmund
Group G: Club Brugge v Leicester City, FC Porto v FC København
Group H: Lyon v Dinamo Zagreb, Juventus v Sevilla

Reaction to the draw
Leonid Slutski, CSKA coach
We know we almost never get an easy UEFA Champions League draw, and today – in my opinion – we had another tough one as we got the strongest teams from Pot 3 and Pot 4. Tottenham, Monaco and Leverkusen play in top European leagues. Anyway the draw is made, the groups are set. We have a chance because of our experience of playing against big clubs.
Roger Schmidt, Leverkusen coach
Just like in 2014/15, we have been drawn in a very even group. Back then, we finished second. Once again it is our ambition to make it through to the round of 16.
Rudi Völler, Leverkusen sporting director
It's probable the most even of all the groups. Anything can happen. We got Monaco, probably the best team from Pot 4. Tottenham are really strong, just like Russian champions CSKA, but we are going into this group with a positive outlook.
Mauricio Pochettino, Spurs manager
We know very well that Russia is always difficult and CSKA are sure to have a very good team. Last season we played Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League and we can see how competitive German teams are. Bayer Leverkusen will be tough as well. We know Monaco well. Again, it's tough. It's the Champions League and it will always be a tough competition.



Champions League Opponents; Bayer Leverkusen

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE TALK


Who have our opponents been buying during the transfer window to strengthen their squad, are there any names there that should concern us?

We have recently been linked with a possible move for 22-year-old (23 next February) Turkish international attacking midfielder Hakan Çalhanoğlu. We have previously been linked with moves for German international Christoph Kramer, who joined Borussia Mönchengladbach this summer and young Croatian starlet Tin Jedvaj.

They finished third in the German League and have been coached by Roger Schmidt since July 2014. If we look at our games against Borussia Dortmund, admittedly with a weaker team than usual, we have to accept that they will not be easy opponents, although neither are they to be feared. There looks to be two tight games against them coming up.

FIXTURES
18 Oct Week 3 Bayer Leverkusen vs Tottenham Hotspur
02 Nov Week 4 Tottenham Hotspur vs Bayer Leverkusen

INFORMATION AND FACTS

Official club name:Bayer 04 Leverkusen
Address:Bismarckstraße 122-124
51373 Leverkusen
Germany
Tel:+49 (214) 8660-0
Fax:+49 (214) 8660-521
Homepage:
Foundation:Jul 1, 1904
Members:27.462
Bayer Leverkusen (GER)
• UEFA coefficient ranking: 18
• How they qualified: third in German Bundesliga 
• Previous group stage campaigns: 10 (last appearance: 2015/16)
• Last season: UEFA Champions League group stage, UEFA Europa League round of 16
• Best European Cup performance: runners-up (2001/02)


BAYER LEVERKUSEN SQUAD

Squad Value: 223.38-million (€261.3m - AUS$265.99m - US$295.14m)

Goalkeeper
1Bernd LenoGermany04/03/1992
36Niklas LombGermany28/07/1993
28Ramazan ÖzcanAustria28/06/1984
Defender
22Joel Abu HannaGermany22/01/1998
33Lukas BoederGermany18/04/1997
23Danny da CostaGermany13/07/1993
3Aleksandar DragovićAustria06/03/1991
13Roberto HilbertGermany16/10/1984
16Tin JedvajCroatia28/11/1995
5Kyriakos PapadopoulosGreece23/02/1992
4Jonathan TahGermany11/02/1996
21Ömer ToprakTurkey21/07/1989
18WendellBrazil20/07/1993
Midfielder
2André RamalhoBrazil16/02/1992
20Charles AránguizChile17/04/1989
15Julian BaumgartlingerAustria02/01/1988
38Karim BellarabiGermany08/04/1990
8Lars BenderGermany27/04/1989
19Julian BrandtGermany02/05/1996
10Hakan ÇalhanoğluTurkey08/02/1994
29Kai HavertzGermany11/06/1999
39Benjamin HenrichsGermany23/02/1997
44Kevin KamplSlovenia09/10/1990
27Robbie KruseAustralia05/10/1988
24Seung-Woo RyuSouth Korea17/12/1993
30Sam SchreckGermany29/01/1999
35Vladlen YurchenkoUkraine22/01/1994
Forward
7Javier HernándezMexico01/06/1988
11Stefan KießlingGermany25/01/1984
14Admir MehmediSwitzerland16/03/1991
17Joel PohjanpaloFinland13/09/1994
31Kevin VollandGermany30/07/1992
Manager
Roger SchmidtGermany13/03/1967
Ass. Manager
Markus KröscheGermany17/09/1980
Goalkeeper-Coach
David ThielGermany28/07/1984


TRANSFERS

Summer Transfer Window 2016/17 Season

  • In: Ramazan Özcan (Ingolstadt), Danny da Costa (Ingolstadt), Kevin Volland (Hoffenheim), Julian Baumgartlinger (Mainz), Aleksandar Dragović (Dynamo Kyiv)
  • Out: Christoph Kramer (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Sebastian Boenisch (released), David Yelldell (released), Dario Krešić (released), Marlon Frey (Kaiserslautern, loan), Robin Becker (Heidenheim, loan), Marc Brašnić (Fortuna Köln, loan)