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Bayer Leverkusen returned to the Champions League after three years. Mainly thanks to Patrick Schick’s goals. The powerful Czech can now break Stefan Kissling’s club record.

At first, Bayer Leverkusen players danced around red-shirted striker Patrick Schick “back again” in front of their fans, and then Ballermann strikes rebounded outside the dressing room.

Coach Gerardo Siwan already had bad thoughts before getting on the bus. “I hope I don’t get a headache,” he said, smiling.

Werkself celebrated their return to the Champions League in Sinsheim on Saturday after three years. Even Rudi Voller shed a few tears of emotion after the 4-2 win over TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. Leverkusen could hardly say goodbye to their sporting director.

Fuller: “It’s a beautiful ending.”

The white-haired 1990 world champion stood smiling amid the Bayer players in a now-standard team photo from the locker room with beer fountains and tensed muscles. “Because of a difficult season with so many injuries, it’s a huge success,” Fuller said. “It’s a great ending – for me too, of course.”

Naturally, Bayer fans among the 20,033 spectators celebrated the 62-year-old with cheers. During the match, the phrase “check, check, check, check …” appeared over and over again. The 26-year-old Czech scored 23 and 24 goals this season (mins 34 and 76) and assisted Moussa Diaby (73) and almost single-handedly broke the Hoffenheim defense.

“That’s a really big thing.”

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Sporting director Simon Rolfes praised the exceptional striker, “The goals are just world class. He’s a fantastic player of course and we’re very happy to have him. He’s always been on top.” Managing Director Fernando Caro recently ruled out the departure of the number one striker that other clubs aspire to. “It is not for sale,” he told Kölner Stadtanzeiger newspaper. The Czech contract runs until 2025.

Schick could now break club record for Stefan Kissling (25 goals / 2012/13 season). Bayer has already broken another record: with 78 goals this season, Leverkusen broke the club’s record with 77 goals from the 2001/2002 season. “Of course I scored two goals and helped, so I’d be happy about that,” Shake said. “But this is the end of the season and you’re tired, you can do better.”

“It’s a really big thing,” said defender Jonathan Tah, when it became clear that his team had secured third place in the table and prevented the horrific final against SC Freiburg for a place in the top flight of the season.

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Seoane – a very Swiss man – rushed to his Hoffenheim teammate Sebastian Hoeneß after the final whistle to shake his hand properly. And at the press conference, the coach noted to the others: “First of all, congratulations to the team on this great development!” He feels “great gratitude and appreciation”, the 43-year-old added and openly declared to the staff at the club: “We are very happy for these people. And last but not least, I am happy for Rudy that we can give him a well-deserved goodbye.”

“We have a young team with great potential and we just had to get into the Champions League this year – that was the big goal,” said Rolfes. “Then unfortunately Florian Wirtz lost and an incredible amount of attacking power a few weeks ago, but I’m really proud of the team. They fought, even if they didn’t always play the best football, and they deserved it.”

Despite the potential consequences, Seoane didn’t want to withdraw from the lively party atmosphere: “It’s going to be a great bus ride, three to four hours, sipping a beer with the staff and listening to some modern music from the team. And then we’re going to give the team a few days for free and we want to reach out.” to an interesting result.

By the way, Bayer soon threw the red shirts of the holiday with the inscription “Back Again. First Class Season 13 2022/23” on the market – for 15 euros each.

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