How Gladbach Exposed Roger Schmidt’s Stretched-Out Bayer Leverkusen

Borussia Monchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen endured a pretty tough start to the new Bundesliga campaign. The two UEFA Champions League qualifiers had to play against each other in the baking German heat, with temperatures across the country soaring into the mid-30s. Gladbach wide man Oscar Wendt described playing in those conditions as “completely exhausting,” while […]

How Brandt and Bellarabi Propelled Bayer Leverkusen to End-of-Season Success

As Bayer Leverkusen took to the field for their final match of the 2015/16 Bundesliga season, they were greeted by an enthusiastic set of home fans at the BayArena. They had reason to be excited as well, given that their players had recently secured third place and, with it, a coveted UEFA Champions League place. […]

How High-Octane Bayer Leverkusen Blunted Bayern’s Attack

Bayer Leverkusen approach their football like few others in the German Bundesliga. They press with a staggering amount of intensity, so much so that they lead the league in tackles, with 20.7 per game. They’re also right up there for interceptions, coming in at 22.3 per game, behind only Werder Bremen’s 23.8. Although these are […]