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Seoane heaps praise on record-breaker Wirtz

By Rune Gjerulff

Bayer Leverkusen coach Gerardo Seoane lauded Florian Wirtz after the youngster broke another record on Saturday.

Florian Wirtz.
Florian Wirtz.

At the age of 18 years, four months and 23 days, Bayer Leverkusen youngster Florian Wirtz has become the youngest player to reach 10 Bundesliga goals after scoring the winner in Saturday's 1-0 win over Mainz in the Bundesliga.


In an interview with Bundesliga.com after the final whistle, Leverkusen coach Gerardo Seoane spoke highly of the youngster.

"We know he's a very talented player, who's in very good form at the moment and is really calm in his head," said Seoane.

"What we're very happy about with him is that he’s giving a lot of effort for the team, training very well, has a good personality and is very happy to play for the team.

"It's not just his own performances which are most important, but the life of the team."

Wirtz also received praise from Leverkusen captain Lukas Hradecky, who told Sky:


"He's an awesome player. Now it's important that he stays grounded in the dressing room. He's doing outstandingly well, though, and is working hard on himself.

"Maybe he'll have a beer with me today," grinned the keeper. "After all, he's 18 now, so he's allowed to do that."

Wirtz, the youngest player to appear for Leverkusen in the Bundesliga, has scored five goals and made four assists in six games this season.


Leverkusen
(4-2-3-1)
1Lukáš Hradecky (C)
30Jeremie Frimpong
6Kossonou Odilon ↩66
4Jonathan Tah
5Mitchel Bakker
10Kerem Demirbay
20Charles Aránguiz
38Karim Bellarabi ↩61
27Florian Wirtz ↩82
19Moussa Diaby ↩82
14Patrik Schick ↩82
Bench
40Andrey Lunev
7Paulinho ↪82
13Lucas Alario ↪82
31Amine Adli ↪61
3Panagiotis Retsos
22Daley Sinkgraven
33Piero Hincapié ↪66
11Nadiem Amiri ↪82
Mainz 05
(3-5-2)
27Robin Zentner (C)
30Silvan Widmer
16Stefan Bell ↩90
4Jeremiah St. Juste
18Daniel Brosinski
8Leandro Barreiro ↩66
31Dominik Kohr ↩75
5Jean-Paul Boëtius ↩75
23Anderson-Lenda Lucoqui ↩75
29Jonathan Burkardt
9Karim Onisiwo ↩66
Bench
1Finn Dahmen
11Marcus Ingvartsen ↪66
3Aarón Martín ↪75
34David Nemeth
6Anton Stach ↪66
7Lee Jae-Sung ↪75
22Kevin Stöger ↪75
25Niklas Tauer
26Paul Nebel ↪90

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