Madrid (dpa) - They have shown that they can compete with one of the big clubs in Europe. But they have also shown that in the end it always somehow lacks a bit.

To evaluate the 0-1 (0-0) at Atletico Madrid, the players and responsible of Bayer Leverkusen was not easy. The performance was quite good, the result sobering again. The defensive was very good, the offensive was virtually invisible.

The Leverkusen were also undecided when assessing whether or not they should tick off the subject of the Champions League. "I am a fighter. It's not over yet, "said coach Peter Bosz. "As long as it's mathematically possible, you have to fight. But the probability is of course extremely low, "said club boss Fernando Carro. And sporting director Rudi Völler admitted: "Even if mathematically it is still possible: you have to be realistic. We have to try everything to be third. »

After three defeats at the start of the Champions League history, only one team has actually made it through: Newcastle United moved into the second round in the fall of 2002, where the Magpies then dropped out together with Leverkusen. What does not nurture the hope of Bayer: In the first three games scored the highly predicted offensive not a goal itself The only goal resulted from an own goal of playing for Moscow ex-world champion Benedikt Höwedes.

However, the recent defeat in Madrid was not due to waste of opportunity, but because Bayer played out too few. "Our game was really good to watch," Völler said. "The only drawback is that the last pass did not vote." This was the hardest, Bosz added. And also Carro made the darn last ball as the Urproblem. "We have to score. But in the last third, it was missing, "said the Spaniard after the defeat in his homeland.

Nevertheless, Carro is sure "that we have no worse team than Atlético". And he even declared: "If we play like today, we are in the Bundesliga at the top."

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