Football: Matthäus: Bayer almost like FC Barcelona once did with Messi

Record-breaking national player Lothar Matthäus is enthusiastic about the playing quality of the new German football champions Bayer Leverkusen.

Football: Matthäus: Bayer almost like FC Barcelona once did with Messi

Record-breaking national player Lothar Matthäus is enthusiastic about the playing quality of the new German football champions Bayer Leverkusen. The Werkself reminds him "a bit of Barcelona in terms of playing style with Messi, Iniesta and Xavi: high ball possession, quick ball passages, one-touch football are also the strengths of Bayer 04," Matthäus told the TV channel Sky.

The team has had a perfect season so far, said the 63-year-old. "I'm even more impressed by the superiority, quality, conviction and naturalness with which coach Xabi Alonso's team perform," added Matthäus. The Leverkusen team had already secured their first championship title on Sunday evening with a 5-0 home win against Werder Bremen on matchday 29.

“I have rarely experienced a season like this from a team. Such absolute dominance, and not just in terms of results, has only ever been seen by FC Bayern under Pep Guardiola,” enthused Matthäus. The Bayer team is also in the DFB Cup final and can still hope for the Europa League title.

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