Champions League: Bayers Rolfes after 0: 3 against Porto: "Of course it will be difficult"

Sports director Simon Rolfes sees little chance of Bayer Leverkusen progressing in the Champions League.

Champions League: Bayers Rolfes after 0: 3 against Porto: "Of course it will be difficult"

Sports director Simon Rolfes sees little chance of Bayer Leverkusen progressing in the Champions League. "Of course it will be difficult now, no question about it," said Rolfes after the 0: 3 (0: 1) against FC Porto. Leverkusen lost 2-0 at the Portuguese champions last week and are bottom of Group B after four games. "Of course it's bitter," said Rolfes.

In two weeks, Leverkusen have to play at Atlético Madrid and on the last day of the preliminary round at the beginning of November against the group leaders FC Bruges. "We will try everything," Rolfes continued. Defender Jonathan Tah expressed a similar sentiment: "We still have two games left. We go into every game wanting to win it." With just three points from four games, Leverkusen are bottom behind Brugge (10), Porto (6) and Atlético (4).

"The next game is like a final for us," said Alonso. For him, the 0:3 against Porto was the first Champions League game ever. "You saw again that at this level every mistake is punished. That was the difference today," said the Spaniard, who had succeeded Gerardo Seoane as coach last week after the 2-0 loss at Porto. Alonso's team won 4-0 against FC Schalke in the Bundesliga on Saturday.

"We have to improve, that's clear," said the Bayer coach. "It's tough today, but now we have to come back." On Saturday, the factory team, which started the season badly, will play at Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga. "I have to convince the team that we can do better. It's not just a matter of luck," Alonso continued.

NEXT NEWS