Match Preview: Bundesliga, Fixture 12, St.Pauli vs Bayer Leverkusen

Saturday, 13/11/2010, 15:30 (GMT+1)

Press conference (Thursday)

Opening statement Jupp Heynckes: “Last Sunday we played again as we used to do over most of last season.  We produced a lot of chances and let our fans enjoy an attractive football.  The players were in an excellent mood this week and have trained yesterday and especially today very well.  We expect a difficult match against St.Pauli.  They will fight for every centimetre in an stadium atmosphere that is not common in the Bundesliga.  The fans will support them from minute 1 to 90 regardless of the score.  However my team has learned this season to withstand such atmosphere, we showed that in Thessaloniki with many important players not in the line-up.  A similar performance as on Sunday is needed to win but we have to avoid giving the opponent too many chances.  This was the focus in our training sessions and discussions during the week.”

Question: Will Renato Augusto if he is fit enough continue in the role of playmaker during the next weeks?  With only Helmes available as top-striker I believe you will continue playing with the tactical formation of Sunday…

Heynckes: Even though he played at a high level on Sunday, he is not yet at 100 %.  Renato is a player who loves to play at home in front of his fans, that’s why I decided to let him play last weekend from the beginning.  He needs to continue to learn this role, then he will be an important player for this kind of formation. 

Question: Rolfes finished training a bit earlier today, is he okay? Or was this just an extra rest you gave him?

Heynckes: Renato Augusto also left a bit earlier.  Both need these breaks because of their previous injuries.  I liked the 90 minutes of Simon on Sunday however with so many months away from competition football, I try to take it easy with him.  We will need Simon again on Saturday at full strength.

Question: Apart from Derdiyok who is not available for this match, will you make more changes to the line-up?  Gonzalo Castro has been in training for two weeks now, he could play from the beginning…

Heynckes: Yes he could!  It’s positive that I have more alternatives but I think for Gonzalo the best is to play first 30-45 minutes and slowly move back into the team.  Sami Hyypiä also participated in our training session today.  He took part in running and passing exercises.  I think on Tuesday he can fully train with us.  He is very important to the team, a reference for our younger players.

Bayer 04 season objectives

Bayer 04 boss Holzhäuser declared in a periodic press gathering  that the objective this season is to reach 3rd place and above.  Given the investments of the last years, this is necessary to maintain the broad squad.  Heynckes was not to happy about these statements towards the press, he prefers to think from game-to-game.

This is the second time this season, in which we hear that a Champions League spot is necessary to keep the squad together.  Rudi Völler declared this necessity at the beginning of the season. 


With no game during the week every German newspaper expects that the coach will repeat the same team with Helmes in attack.

Time has come to achieve our first away win against St.Pauli:

1988/1989: FC St. Pauli – Bayer Leverkusen 2:0 (2:0)
1989/1990: FC St. Pauli – Bayer Leverkusen 3:0 (1:0)
1990/1991: FC St. Pauli – Bayer Leverkusen 1:0 (1:0)
1995/1996: FC St. Pauli – Bayer Leverkusen 2:1 (0:0)
1996/1997: FC St. Pauli – Bayer Leverkusen 3:1 (2:0)
2001/2002: FC St. Pauli – Bayer Leverkusen 2:2 (1:1)

2.Bundesliga North
1975/1976: FC St. Pauli – Bayer Leverkusen 1:1 (0:0)
1976/1977: FC St. Pauli – Bayer Leverkusen 3:0 (2:0)
1978/1979: FC St. Pauli – Bayer Leverkusen 1:1 (0:0)

2007/2008, 1st Round: FC St. Pauli – Bayer Leverkusen 1:0 (0:0)

However against the second team of St.Pauli we did manage to win away 🙂 :

DFB Pokal, 1998/1999, 1st Round: FC St. Pauli II – Bayer Leverkusen 0:5 (0:0)

Let’s go Bayer 04!!!!

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