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Rudi Völler critical of Leverkusen's Europa League performance against Inter

By Laura Brandt

Rudi Völler admits Bayer Leverkusen 'had hoped for more' in the Europa League after crashing out to Inter.

Rudi Völler.
Rudi Völler.Photo: Marco Verch, CC BY-SA 2.0

Bayer Leverkusen were dumped out of the Europa League on Monday, suffering a 1-2 loss to Inter at the quarter-final stage.

Reflecting on the disappointing result, Leverkusen managing director Rudi Völler says he doesn't feel his team managed to show what they're capable of against the Serie A side.

"We were really disappointed after our 1-2 loss against Inter, with all respect for our high-class opponent," Völler told Kicker and added:

"We had hoped for more, especially in this competition. We lost to a very good team and knew beforehand that it would be difficult.

"But our performance, let's be clear, didn't show what we can do. We put in a good fight, but some players seemed to be holding themselves back. I don't know why. Was it nervousness? We will talk about it and analyze it."

Leverkusen finished fifth in the Bundesliga, losing out on a Champions League spot to Gladbach, who took the fourth place.

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