Bayer Leverkusen has made an impression in the German Cup ahead of the Bundesliga showdown against Bayern Munich. Following the spectacle against VfB Stuttgart (3-2), the team led by coach Xabi Alonso received plenty of compliments from the opponent.
Under Xabi Alonso's guidance, Bayer Leverkusen continues to impress this season, extending their unbeaten streak to thirty official matches as of Tuesday evening, a mere two matches away from Bayern's national record.
The DFB-Pokal quarterfinal against Stuttgart appeared poised to be Leverkusen's first defeat of the season, yet the Bundesliga leaders managed to turn the tide in the last half-hour, with goals from Amine Adli and Jonathan Tah.
The outcome left Stuttgart, represented by Die Schwaben, feeling dissatisfied. Defensive stalwart Waldemar Anton struggled to articulate his thoughts, expressing, "We were aggressive in the duels, didn't concede much, and even had slightly more chances than Leverkusen. However, our conceded goals were the result of simple mistakes. Nonetheless, we played exceptionally well. At this level, it's the fine details that make all the difference, and Leverkusen showcased moments of world-class quality."
Deniz Undav, Leverkusen's top scorer, echoed the sentiment, particularly impressed by Florian Wirtz's leadership. "It was an intense battle, with Leverkusen consistently ahead," remarked the 27-year-old striker to Kicker. "When you manage to take the lead twice in Leverkusen, you need to secure the win. However, credit to Leverkusen. This match epitomized a true cup battle between the league's top two teams."
By tipping Undav, boasting thirteen Bundesliga goals, for a spot in Die Mannschaft, it's evident that he overlooks Bayern's potential. However, Bayern stands as Leverkusen's upcoming opponent next Saturday. Undoubtedly, Munich will dispute Stuttgart's top scorer, seeking to prove their supremacy at the BayArena. Failure to do so would place their record of 32 consecutive matches without defeat in jeopardy.