Bailey tips Leverkusen to snatch Champions League spot

By Sports Desk March 06, 2019
Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey. Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey.

Jamaica-born Bayer Leverkusen budding star Leon Bailey has tipped the team to make a strong push for qualification to next season’s Champion’s League.

The young winger has experienced a revival of fortunes under new coach Peter Bosz, after struggling for playing time under Heiko Herrlich in the first half of the season.  The club has itself seen an uptick in form after somewhat of an indifferent start. 

Leverkusen found themselves in 9th position at the halfway point of the campaign, but with a 2-0 over Freiburg last weekend, the team moved to within four points of the Champions League places.

“In the second half of the season, you see a different team than the first part of the season. I believe that if we can continue like this with the confidence and our style of play, our individual quality will come out by itself and show at the perfect time. So far, it’s been working and I think if we continue like this we can reach the Champions League. That’s where we want to be at the end of the season,” Bailey said in an interview with Bundesliga.com.

The Jamaican winger has certainly played his part after scoring three times in his last five Bundesliga games and admits he is enjoying life under Bosz so far.

“I’d say Peter Bosz being here is a big thing for me because he has a different style of play, and I didn't feature much in the first part of the season. It’s perfect for me because he likes my style of play and I like how he wants us to play. I think it’s going to help the team a lot and it’s also going to help the way I play. My qualities can come out more.”

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