Bayer Leverkusen hoping tocontinue where they left off

16th September 2004, Comments 0 comments

16 September 2004 , HAMBURG - Arguably the biggest surprise in Champions League action during midweek was Bayer Leverkusen's demolition of Spanish giants Real Madrid and Leverkusen is now hoping to continue with their winning ways against Nuremberg in the Bundesliga. Captain Carsten Ramelow however warned his side that they must be at their best against Nuremberg. "It is all very well to play brilliantly in the Champions League, but the Bundesliga is our bread and butter, we must not forget that." Leverk

16 September 2004   

HAMBURG - Arguably the biggest surprise in Champions League action during midweek was Bayer Leverkusen's demolition of Spanish giants Real Madrid and Leverkusen is now hoping to continue with their winning ways against Nuremberg in the Bundesliga.

Captain Carsten Ramelow however warned his side that they must be at their best against Nuremberg. "It is all very well to play brilliantly in the Champions League, but the Bundesliga is our bread and butter, we must not forget that."

Leverkusen has often followed up a good victory in the Champions League with a disappointing league performance and they are now hoping to change that.

Bayern Munich, who also won their Champions League encounter on Wednesday, are away in Dortmund in a match that marks the first return to Dortmund for German midfielder Torsten Frings.

"This will be one of my most difficult games. I know them and they know me. We need to be at our best to stand a chance to beat Dortmund," he said.

Defending champions Werder Bremen have lost their last three games (two in the league and one in the Champions League) and are weakened by injuries to Greek striker Angelos Charisteas and captain Frank Baumann.

Bremen are at home to Hanover 96 and are desperately looking for three points to keep close to the top of the table.

Schalke, who earlier in the week became the first club to fire their coach, are at home to Borussia Moenchengladbach. Former coach Jupp Heynckes was accused of not being prepared to change his ways and it is now up to the players to show that his ways were wrong.

Mainz 05, who last week stunned the then log leaders Leverkusen, are away to Bielefeld in a clash between two promoted sides, while Kaiserslautern are looking for their first home win against struggling SV Hamburg.

Hansa Rostock are at home to surprise team Wolfsburg, who find themselves second in the log with three victories. Another win would see them top the table for the first time in their history - at least until Sunday.

The four unbeaten teams come head to head on Sunday.

Log leaders VfB Stuttgart travel to Berlin for their clash against Hertha Berlin. The club from the capital has drawn all four matches and is hoping to win their first game, but will have a tough task against Stuttgart, who have won three.

VfL Bochum and SC Freiburg, who have both drawn three and won the other, clash in Bochum in a game that will keep the winner right up there with the log leaders.

DPA


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