Bayer Leverkusen boss Peter Bosz is determined to make up for his side’s German Cup heartbreak by getting past Rangers and making a fist of it in the Europa League.
The Dutch boss’ side fell to a 4-2 defeat against Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich in the Berlin final as their mixed form continues since the restart of German football.
Bayer have lost four of their eleven matches since the restart and Bosz wants to reignite his side’s fortunes when they play Rangers next month.
“This defeat is a huge disappointment,” explains Bosz [Daily Record].
“We have to cope with that first, but after the holiday, we prepare immediately for the Europa League game against Rangers.
“We can still achieve a lot in that competition.
“We had a plan against Bayern because we knew that they always start very aggressively and put a lot of pressure on. That should have given us plenty of room, but it’s easy to say that after the game.
“The whole team played well in the second half, but Bayern were the better team over 90 minutes.”
Rangers currently trail 3-1 from the first leg with the German side running out comfortable winners in the first leg of the Europa League last 16 tie at Ibrox in March.
But with an injury to young Brazillian talent Paulinho and persisting transfer links involving star men Kai Havertz and Leon Bailey – it could be a different Leverkusen side the Gers face in Germany.
The country is set to host a mini-tournament of this season’s Europa League as UEFA look to fast track clubs through the competition between August 6th and 21st [Guardian].
Rangers may need to score three goals to go through but with Leverkusen’s leaky defence and Rangers’ hunger to upset the odds a comeback can never be written off.
Rangers’ assistant manager Gary McAllister is hoping his charges can make an impression in Deutschland and believes the first goal will be all-important.
“The result obviously puts Bayer Leverkusen big favourites but you never know,” explains McAllister [Rangers].
“There was enough in some of the Bundesliga games that I watched – Leverkusen are no doubt a good side – but we think we can create chances.
“The first goal in that game is going to make it pretty key, I think.”
George Edmundson’s headed Ibrox goal may well prove vital as the club chase a spot in the Europa League Quarter-Finals at the expense of the Germans.