Former Celtic man Andreas Hinkel says to expect excitement v Leverkusen

By Euan Davidson

September 29, 2021

Former Celtic defender Andreas Hinkel says we could be in for a fast-paced, exciting game against Bayer Leverkusen.

Die Werkself have been on impressive form in the Bundesliga. They currently sit second with 4 wins from 6, powered by the goals of Florian Wirtz and Patrik Schick [Bundesliga].

They do, however, have a weakness. Leverkusen have conceded 7 goals in 6 domestic games. Meanwhile in Europe, they were trailing Ferencvaros before firing 2 past the Hungarians.

Hinkel believes the side still have the same problems they’ve had in recent years. Additionally, he believes if Celtic come flying out the gate, like they did against Real Betis, we could be on for a classic.

In today’s Scottish Daily Mail [print version, page 80, 29/9/21], Hinkel said:

“It’s good to watch Leverkusen games because they can be quite spectacular.

“Their matches can finish 4-3 and that’s good for the supporters to watch but it’s maybe not the best way to win titles. I’ve not seen a lot of Celtic lately – but if they come out positively, it should be an exciting game.

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“Leverkusen are doing well again this season in the Bundesliga but every season it’s the same story. They can’t compete the whole season against teams like Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund and they fall away.”

Celtic title-winner Andreas Hinkel provides a different take on Bayer Leverkusen

All week, Celtic have been talked out of a win against Bayer Leverkusen, despite being at home.

The atmosphere arising from the last few games has been one of immense frustration. Not getting the job done against Betis was understandable, but a loss to Livingston and a draw with Dundee United have dampened expectations.

However, if this is game where there could be plenty of goals, Ange Postecoglou knows exactly what to do.

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Frantic games are his forté, and we got the best example of that in the Europa League. With a home crowd behind Celtic, there’s surely a better chance of defending a lead, should the Bhoys attempt to shock Leverkusen from the first whistle.

Because, good as the Bundesliga side are, they do have frailties. Borussia Dortmund put 4 goals past them [Bundesliga], while Augsburg, Stuttgart and Union Berlin have also scored against Die Werkself.

Just like us, they have a talented squad that’s still a work-in-progress. Will we see a “spectacular” game tomorrow night?

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