Rolfes: “We have failed collectively”


Germany: Bundesliga

D. Kamada (45), R. Kolo (58), J. Lindstrøm (65), D. Kamada (72), L. Alario (86)

P. Hincapié (56), P. Hincapié (71)

By Jonathan Dicks   @Jonathan_Dicks

Leverkusen Sporting Director Simon Rolfes shared his frustration following the company club’s lifeless performance against Frankfurt on Matchday 10.

Xabi Alonso
Xabi Alonso Bayer 04 Leverkusen

After a hopeful win against Schalke last weekend, 16th-place Leverkusen have fallen harshly back to Earth with disastrous performances against Porto and now Frankfurt. Sporting Director Simon Rolfes struggled finding the words to describe their 5-1 loss on Saturday:
“It was just bad. We have failed collectively. From back to front. – We have to accept the situation.”

Leverkusen, who lost in the first round of the DFB-Pokal, don’t play until Saturday against Wolfsburg. This means that Xabi Alonso has an entire week without a game to better implement his preferred tactics in training.

Rolfes understands the only current goal is to distance themselves from the relegation zone:

“The only next step is to fight your way out of there. – We have to use this training week. An impulse must come from every individual who is involved.”

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