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Leverkusen boss Schmidt wants repeat of second-half display

Posted on 2 November 2016  - 09:56

Bayer Leverkusen boss Roger Schmidt has tasked his players with producing a similar level of performance to that which they put on in the second half of our stalemate in Germany when we meet the Bundesliga side again at Wembley tonight (Wednesday, November 2).

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Leverkusen caused us real problems in the second 45 minutes on UEFA Champions League matchday three a fortnight ago following the introduction of Julian Baumgartlinger at half-time.

Indeed, it was only a resilient defensive display, capped by a wonder-save from Hugo Lloris to deny Javier Hernandez, that kept Leverkusen out and ensured we claimed a share of the spoils.

Now Schmidt wants his team to do something similar and put us under more pressure as we host his side at the national stadium in front of another bumper crowd.

"I think if you look at the second half in Leverkusen, we played our game and caused them problems," said Schmidt.

"I think when we came out (after half-time) we showed more ambition, more aggression and played on the front foot. That is the best way to play against a team like Tottenham, who are very good at pressing, winning the ball and changing defence to attack.

"We had the better of it in the second half but Tottenham did in the first half. This time we’ll look to approach the game in a similar fashion to the second half.

"It comes down to playing as a team and playing our game and if we can do that we can be in a position to get a result."

Asked if he believes his players will be keen to raise their game upon running out at such a large and famous stadium, Schmidt added: "We hope so. We want to produce our best. All our players want to show what they can do at this venue. We have to function as a team. Tottenham are very strong opposition."