Signal Iduna Park

Next Game

B Dortmund v Schalke

Saturday, 28 February 2015, 14:30

German Bundesliga

Last Game

Juventus 2 - 1 B Dortmund

Tuesday, 24 February 2015, 19:45

Champions League First Knockout Round

Bundesliga weekend preview

Bayer Leverkusen coach Sami Hyypia has called on his side to stand up and be counted ahead of their trip to Hannover this weekend.

Last Updated: 07/03/14 at 09:56 Post Comment

Sami Hyypia: Knows his Leverkusen side need to bounce back

Sami Hyypia: Knows his Leverkusen side need to bounce back

After three straight Bundesliga defeats, elimination from the DFB-Pokal and an almost certain exit from the Champions League after a heavy defeat at home to Paris Saint-Germain, the former Liverpool defender admits the situation is perilous.

Nevertheless, he is refusing to throw in the towel and has called on his team to show their true faces.

"This is a good challenge for us to show we are strong," Hyypia said.

At the same time, Hyypia has welcomed his side's mini-crisis as an opportunity to improve individually and as a team.

"My coaching career is not very long and this is the first time that I'm stuck in such a situation," said the Finnish coach.

"Of course I've asked many people for advice as to what I can do. I want to develop myself and without this situation that development would progress slower."

Leverkusen travel to Hannover with a two-point advantage over fourth-placed Schalke, who occupy the final qualifying berth for the Champions League next season.

Wolfsburg are just two points behind the top four, although they are at home to Bayern Munich on Saturday and, in view of the Bavarians' 48-game unbeaten record in the Bundesliga, it is unlikely they will be able to make up any ground.

Second-placed Borussia Dortmund will be hoping they can at least maintain their two-point cushion over Hyypia's men when they travel to Freiburg on Sunday.

That will not be such an easy trip for Jurgen Klopp's men, though, as Freiburg need points to move out of the bottom two.

Baden-Wurttemberg rivals Stuttgart face a make-or-break clash with Eintracht Braunschweig, at least for their under-fire coach Thomas Schneider, who is clinging on to his job after a run of eight straight defeats.

Hamburg, who are on 19 points along with Freiburg and Stuttgart, host Eintracht Frankfurt, who pulled six points clear of the bottom three last weekend with victory over Stuttgart.

Elsewhere, Borussia Monchengladbach will be looking for their first win of 2014 when they host Augsburg, while Nurnberg welcome Werder Bremen to the Frankenstadion with both sides still in need of points in their respective relegation battles.

Finally, Europa League qualification is on the agenda when high-flying Mainz host Hertha Berlin on Sunday.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

cant help but feel he has his face on inside out. I'm not a violent man but I don't think I would ever tire of punching it.

dryice
Chelsea reject blames fee

E

verytime I go into KFC I boooooooooooo Norman. Judas. It was the lure of the fresh hand wipes apparently.

cheshire-gooner
Cole explains Arsenal 'snub'

Y

ou probably find he was physically ill when he found out they werent paying him to come to the celebrations.

sodoff
Cole explains Arsenal 'snub'

Footer 365

Liverpool lose to Besiktas 5-4 on penalties after Turkish side win round-of-32 second leg 1-0

Liverpool crashed out of the Europa League as Dejan Lovren missed the decisive penalty in a 5-4 shoot-out defeat by Besiktas.

Oldham 'would welcome Scholes'

Stand-in boss Dean Holden insists he would not be surprised if Oldham managed to lure Paul Scholes into management.

Chelsea announce huge shirt sponsorship deal with Yokohama Rubber

Chelsea have announced a new shirt sponsorship with Yokohama Rubber, reportedly worth £40m-a- year.

Mail Box

Greatest Spaniards And Arsenal Laughs

There's more debate on the greatest Spaniards in the afternoon mailbox, plus plenty more reaction to Arsenal's Champions League defeat.

Arsenal Mess It Up, As Inevitable As Ever

Unsurprisingly, there's a great deal of fall out after Arsenal's latest shambles against Monaco. Plus how Football365 went too early with the phrase 'peak Arsenal'...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company