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Thanks to its 4-2 victory against TSG Hoffenheim, Bayer Leverkusen has secured its place for the C1 next season. The club joins Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, both qualified for several weeks already.

The teammates of Moussa Diaby, author of a new goal on Saturday, are also guaranteed to finish in 3rd place. They are thus doing better than last year, when they finished in 6th place. For coach Gerardo Seoane, this season proves that the team is on a good dynamic.

This qualification for the Champions League is an important step in our development. This gives us additional arguments to seek players to make them grow. But here, we are above all happy with this qualification“, assured the Spanish-Swiss technician.

I have a lot of people to thank within the club, all those people who make the club work behind the scenes. We have good sports structures, we have good financial means. Once again, I am really proud of the evolution of this team. I am also very happy for Rudi Völler, who will be retiring at the end of the year and whom we have made happy.

Rudi Völler who was the sporting director of Bayer Leverkusen since 2005.

Leipzig regains the lead

The battle for 4th place between RB Leipzig and SC Freiburg continues to rage. Yesterday, Domenico Tedesco’s men took a clear advantage over their competitors by beating FC Augsburg 4-0. A victory obtained in particular thanks to a new double for Christopher Nkunku.

With a two-point lead over Freiburg, which for its part fell to Union Berlin 4-1, the RB can settle for a draw next week to qualify for the Champions League. But according to Emil Forsberg, it will be necessary to be more ambitious than that.

It was important to win tonight. Now we are going to Bielefeld to win too, to play the Champions League again. This is our goal. Then we will go to Berlin to play in the German Cup final, which we also want to win. We still have a lot to play for at the end of the season“, estimated the Swedish midfielder after the meeting. “Today’s victory was important for confidence: that’s what we needed. It was a good thing to achieve such a performance.

Regarding the last place for the Europa League, everything will be played between Union Berlin, currently 6th, and FC Cologne, 7th. Cologne who were beaten 1-0 by Wolfsburg on Saturday but who consoled themselves by seeing their direct competitors bow and therefore secure at least a place for the Europa League Conference.

Stuttgart can still hope

At the bottom of the table, VfB Stuttgart earned a valuable point by drawing 2-2 against champions Bayern Munich. The club thus remains in the race to maintain.

For Pellegrino Matarazzo, this important victory is in no way a coincidence.

During the week, I showed my players scenes where Bayern Munich were more vulnerable, in order to give them confidence. We knew that the Bavarians would line up their typical team, to present their new title in the best possible way. We started the game well, opening the scoring. But to win against this Bayern Munich team, you have to be very effective“, said the American technician.

Despite everything, the players fought with a lot of energy. We can win next week. We then hope that it will be enough to maintain itself directly.

Like Omar Marmoush against Leon Goretzka, VfB Stuttgart fought well against Bayern Munich. Enough to hope to be maintained next week?

To recover 15th place next week, he will have to win his match against FC Cologne and hope for a defeat of Hertha Berlin in Dortmund.

In any case, Stuttgart are already almost guaranteed to at least play in the play-offs, since following their 2-1 defeat against VfL Bochum on Friday evening, Arminia Bielefeld are almost officially relegated to the second division due to a lower goal difference.

Schalke back in the top flight

In the second division, if Werder Bremen, Hamburg or Darmstadt are not yet fixed on their fate, Schalke 04 has for its part ensured its return to the elite only one year after its relegation, Saturday, at home, the Knappen turned the tide against Sankt Pauli to win 3-2 thanks to a goal from Rodrigo Zalazar. And the young Uruguayan player did not hide his pleasure.

I don’t think even in my wildest dreams, I couldn’t have imagined a moment like this. It was an incredible feeling. Honestly, I didn’t know what to do when I scored the goal: I wanted to run around, I was about to cry. I am happy to have finally moved up to the Bundesliga with this club, that is where it belongs. We are really happy“, said Zalazar after this completely crazy match.

Note that the party was somewhat spoiled by crowd movements in the stands which caused several injuries among the fans.

Simon Terodde

Simon Terodde carried in triumph after the accession of Schalke 04 in the Bundesliga


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