Rolfes sizes up PSG test

Bayer Leverkusen fans can look forward to a trip to the French capital in the spring, although captain Simon Rolfes is not so keen on the challenge which faces his side.

Last Updated: 16/12/13 at 16:37 Post Comment

Simon Rolfes (c): Ready for a 'big challenge'

Simon Rolfes (c): Ready for a 'big challenge'

The Bundesliga side were drawn against Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 of the Champions League on Monday, leaving Leverkusen with no small challenge if they are to make it through to the quarter-finals for the first time since losing the final in 2002.

"There were no easy opponents in this draw," said Rolfes. "All of the teams we could have met are top European sides.

"We've got PSG and this is going to be a big challenge for us which we're glad to accept. We're really looking forward to the games."

Leverkusen will go into the game as underdogs, if only for the budgets the two clubs have.

That should not frighten the Bundesliga side, though, according to Stefan Reinartz, who was part of the Leverkusen team humbled 7-1 by Barcelona in March 2012.

"We've already shown that we can survive against sides who are financially better off than us," he said on his club's website.

"All games have got to be played."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

m not sure about this distance covered malarky, plus that stat comes with *since February attached to it, that's just 1 month. I mean I have 27 open cases I'm 'working on' at the moment but believe me others with 10 cases work harder than I do. I just got back from a pub lunch, scampi and chips (+4 pints) in case you were wondering.

hurler
Wenger defends Ozil

C

isse should have appealed and explained that it was just a retaliation, just like Matic did. Apparently the FA are ok with retaliation.

Triangler
Cisse accepts FA charge

L

ove this guy. He's one of the few surviving players that I remember so vividly from Football Italia and Gazetta on Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons.

HarryBoulton
Francesco Totti - The King Of Rome

Footer 365

Ryan Giggs enjoys working with Louis van Gaal; plays down rift reports

Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs has played down talk of a rift with Louis van Gaal and hailed their "great working relationship".

Mesut Ozil defended by Arsene Wenger after Paul Scholes criticism

Arsene Wenger claims Paul Scholes "would have loved to play with Mesut Ozil".

Football Association names Martin Glenn as its new chief executive

The Football Association has named Martin Glenn as its new chief executive.

Mail Box

Why All The Hate For Robin Van Persie?

One Mailboxer can't work out why everyone is having a pop at Robin van Persie. Plus FA Cup anticipation, changing relegation, a Friday song and more Totti love...

Is Sissoko's Neck Very Distinctive?

Moussa Sissoko features in a really quite bizarre Distinctive Physical Features XI while we have mails on sexism, Angel Di Maria and Francesco Totti. Ramdom.

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