5 things Manchester United should be scared of facing Leverkusen

Despite being the underdog there are still reasons to believe that Bayer Leverkusen can come up with a win – we picked five.

To be honest it doesn’t look good for Bayer Leverkusen facing Manchester United FC in tonight’s Champions League return match of group A. Too much is in favour of the reigning Premier League champion from North West England.

The toughest facts are David Moyes’ side is piled up with world class talent and haven’t lost their last ten games.

But there are still reasons to believe that Bayer Leverkusen can come up with a win – we picked five:

1) Sure the Red Devils won their last ten games but the 2-2 draw against Cardiff City FC was more then lucky. One German newspaper wrote:

“In previous away games in the Champions League, in Donetsk (1-1) and San Sebastian (0-0), the team presented itself alarming harmless. The performance in the 1-0 against the league leaders Arsenal was a step forward, which was followed by a step back right away at Cardiff.”

Leverkusen’s has a different background coming into that game. Only winning the last two games but with great attitude and fancy goals.

Interesting side note: Leverkusen broke a spell last weekend as they won against Bundesliga’s Hertha BSC Berlin, which they haven’t done in six years. Will Leverkusen break their next spell tonight? They have never won a games against Manchester (5 matches, two defeats, three draws). Will that change today?

2) Despite not being famous for their fan base the team from West of Germany is tough to beat at home. In this entire season, including Bundesliga, DFB-cup and Champions League games, haven’t been defeated at home. The only time Sami Hyypia’s team didn’t win could count as one of the better matches: A 1-1 draw versus treble champion Bayern Munich. That’s home field advantage at it's best.

3) On thing adds to Leverkusen’s home field advantage: The Red Devils have failed to win away in the Champions League this season.

4) Leverkusen record a surprising low ball possession in a game (45%) but strike with a rock solid defence and a vicious counter attack and 80% of them are successful at home.

5) Stefan Kießling, executive of Leverkusen’s strike department, is a rare specimen. Despite being 6 feet 3 inches high Kießling runs like a deer and seems to find the goal more often then not. With 8 goals he is the second leading scorer in Bundesliga right behind Arsenal and Chelsea target Robert Lewandowski. He can be the game changer tonight.

image: © Paolo Camera

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