Peter Bosz already refuses to accept the elimination in the group stage of the Champions League. De Gelderlander also lost the third game in the pool with Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday at Atlético Madrid (1-0).
"We said from the start that we were going for the eighth finals and that we wanted to beat the big teams in Europe. We were close here in Madrid, but it shouldn't be," Bosz sighed in Wanda Metropolitano.
"We have nevertheless proved that we can offer such a team a good match and that in an away game. There are now nine points to win. I am a fighter. I only say that it will be over when we are actually eliminated "
With zero points, Leverkusen is obviously not too prosperous in group D. The Germans are seven points behind the numbers one and two, Juventus and Atlético Madrid and three points at number three, Lokomotiv Moscow.
79Summary Atlético Madrid-Leverkusen (1-0)
Bosz finds defeat against Atlético unfair
Bosz found the defeat against Atlético wrong. Both teams created few opportunities, but the Spaniards eventually pulled the longest end with a late goal from substitute Alvaro Morata.
"Given the football we played here, I think we didn't deserve to go home empty-handed," said Bosz, who as a coach never managed to win a Champions League match.
"We played aggressively and compactly. The final pass in our attack build-up, however, did not arrive. As a result, we had few opportunities and we were unable to score."
Leverkusen will continue the Champions League in two weeks with the home game against Atlético, but will first play against Werder Bremen (Bundesliga), SC Paderborn (DFB Pokal) and Borussia Mönchengladbach (Bundesliga).
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