Certainly out, certainly on and maybe even the chance of a champions league miracle: for bayer leverkusen are before the penultimate group match of the champions league at lokomotive moscow (18.55 CET/DAZN) many scenarios still possible.
OUTLOOK: bayer as well as lok have three points before penultimate group match. Moscow has a slight advantage in the direct comparison after the 2-1 in the first leg in leverkusen and would be the winner in the event of a draw. Otherwise, the winner of tuesday’s duel is almost certain to be in the european league. Unless leverkusen only wins 1:0. Or with 2:1 and must hope for the goal difference.
PERSONNEL: leverkusen missing quite a few players at fairly short notice. Kai havertz injured in penultimate bundesliga game at wolfsburg, mitchell weiser in last against freiburg, nadiem amiri saw red against atletico madrid. It remains to be seen whether julian baumgartlinger, who was absent against freiburg, will be fit – and whether he will actually play.
Cold: it was already minus six degrees at leverkusen’s final training session on monday, when only the eyes of most of the players were visible. The scarves were pulled up over the nose, the caps pushed deep into the face. Tuesday evening it is supposed to get up to minus ten degrees. "I don’t think the cold one is that bad. In any case, that’s no excuse," said sports director rudi voller. National player jonathan tah meanwhile thought of trainer peter bosz. "It’s worse for him," said tah: "at least we’re moving."
Anniversary: bayer leverkusen lists the game as 110 in the official program booklet. Match in the champions league. Meanwhile, the UEFA solemnly announces the 100. To. The reason for the discrepancy: bayer calculates the qualifying matches with. And there were exactly ten of them. Officially, the match in moscow is the 100th game of the season. Fur leverkusen in a group or c.O.-phase.