Spurs played out a 0-0 draw with the Bundesliga team last night.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino and Bayer Leverkusen coach Roger Schmidt before the match
Tottenham Hotspur could only manage a draw in their Champions League clash with Bayer Leverkusen in Germany last night – but the Bundesliga side’s coach Roger Schmidt was certain Spurs can still battle for the Premier League title this campaign.
Spurs ended up feeling fortunate with the point, after an excellent display from Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris kept the German side at bay throughout the second half.
Bayer Leverkusen coach Roger Schmidt after the game
It was certainly not one of Spurs’ best performances but the manager of their opponents is still a big fan of the club.
Schmidt is quoted by Spox as having this to say about Tottenham after the game:
"We have not played against a very bad team. Everyone saw how they played last year for the title in England and they will probably also do so again this year. We had to hold on in the first-half.
Tottenham's Erik Lamela and Vincent Janssen react after missed chances
“Halftime was pure work, but in the second half we did well, switched play, pressed and had excellent chances herausgespielt.”
It was a great second-half performance from Leverkusen but Tottenham went wayward in the final 45. They continually gave the ball away with some poor passing and failed to pick up any real attacking threat in the final stages of the game – when they should have been chasing victory.
Tottenham's Hugo Lloris applauds fans
Spurs will however be pleased that CSKA Moscow kept Monaco at bay in the other game last night. The results mean Tottenham are currently second in their Champions League group at the half way stage and have two ‘home’ games at Wembley in their final three fixtures.
Spurs will hope they can find their best form in Europe soon.