For the Kölner Stadt Anzeiger (Sunday online subscription addition) the Werkself are on their way to playing in a European competition next season: "Bayer 04 are a step closer to qualifying for Europe with four games to play. With the victory against the Club, Leverkusen move above Werder Bremen in the table. As with the 1-0 win at Stuttgart, thanks to a penalty from Kai Havertz, it was a set piece that made the difference against Nürnberg."
That is also the assessment of the the Sonntags Express: "Bayer can again hope to be in Europe but the Peter Bosz team need a clear improvement in performance in the last four games to achieve the minimum target of qualifying for the Europa League.' We face an important few weeks,' said sporting director Simon Rolfes.' We have a very difficult game ahead of us at Augsburg.'"
The Werkself fulfilled their obligatory duty against FC Nürnberg in style," was the verdict in the online edition of the Rheinische Post. The newspaper sees the turning point for Leverkusen coming in the second half: "The Werkself were on the front foot after the restart and had the first good chance in the second half with a long-range effort from Mitchell Weiser. The first goal of the game came on 61 minutes: A header by substitute Alario from a Julian Brandt corner ended up in the Nürnberg net."
The Bild am Sonntag highlights goal-line technology playing a decisive role in the first goal for the Werkself: "Referee Guido Winkmann gave the thumbs up on 61 minutes: After an Alario header and an attempted clearance by Leibold on the line, the ref pointed to his watch. The Hawk-Eye system showed that Leibold's leg arrived too late. In the closing stages, Alario, (top marks from BILD), set up Volland for the second goal. Up to that point, Nürnberg had defended well and kept a clean sheet for a long time thanks to goalkeeper Mathenia. He turned a Havertz rocket onto the post."
The verdict in the online edition of the Nürnberger Nachrichten clearly sees the Werkself as the better team: "After three games without defeat, FC Nürnberg suffered another defeat at Bayer 04 Leverkusen on Saturday. The Club again showed commitment in the 2-0 defeat but conceded the first goal from a set piece – and were then hit on the break by the lively Leverkusen side."
And the Kicker sports journal also sees the improvement of Bayer 04 after half-time as decisive: "After the change of ends, Leverkusen upped the strike rate, Erras put in an heroic tackle to halt Aranguiz and Mathenia made a flying save to keep out a long-range effort from Weiser to prevent Nürnberg going behind early in the second half. The hosts were able to celebrate a deserved opener thanks to goal-line technology: Alario skilfully headed a Brandt corner in at the far post only for Leibold to pull off an artistic clearance - albeit from behind the line as Winkmann immediately recognised by looking at his watch."
The Werkself host Paderborn in the DFB-Pokal round of 16 today, Wednesday 6 December (18:00 CET) at the BayArena. Here’s all the latest information ahead of the cup clash with the Bundesliga 2 club.Show more
The Bundesliga has announced its nominees for November’s Player of the Month, with two Werkself players up for the award in Alejandro Grimaldo and Jeremie Frimpong. Fans can now vote for who they want to win.Show more
Next year marks Bayer 04’s 120th birthday. To celebrate the occasion, we would like to take the opportunity, today and in the next few months, to regularly look at football under the Cross on bayer04.de and primarily delve into the question of: How have we become the club we are today? Part two of our series looks at our fans. Werkself supporters are enjoying this season like never before, providing incredible support both home and away.Show more
The Bundesliga has named the three nominees for November’s Rookie of the Month award. Werkself striker Victor Boniface, who has won the trophy in August, September and October, is once again up for the award. Fans have the chance to pick the winner by casting their votes online.Show more