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Bayer Leverkusen v Spurs - opposing manager's view

18 October 2016|Tottenham Hotspur

‘Organised’ and ‘aggressive’ – two words Bayer Leverkusen boss Roger Schmidt has used to describe our playing style ahead of tonight’s (Tuesday, October 18) UEFA Champions League encounter in Germany.

We take on the Bundesliga side at their BayArena home, looking to stretch a run of form that has seen us lose only once in all competitions so far this season – a narrow reverse against AS Monaco at Wembley in our European opener.

Schmidt, who has been in charge of Leverkusen since 2014 and has masterminded fourth and third-place finishes in the Bundesliga over the last two seasons, is expecting a difficult game and says he’s been impressed with our progress in recent times.

“Tottenham play great football and there's a great atmosphere at the club,” he told reporters at his pre-match press conference. “You can see that they've improved all aspects of their game. They're very organised and very aggressive.

“They also have a very solid defence. You have to expect Tottenham to challenge for the Premier League title again this season – they have a balanced squad and an excellent coach, which gives them a good foundation to develop in the future."

On the return of a certain South Korean international star to his former club, Schmidt added: “I was privileged to coach Heung-Min Son at Leverkusen for a season.

“After a tricky first season at Tottenham he's now showing his true potential and I hope that continues, with the possible exception of (tonight). Tottenham are very strong, but at the BayArena we have a chance to show what we can do.”