Bundesliga: Title-starved Leverkusen has solid base for successful season, says CEO Carro

Leverkusen, whose last major trophy dates back to the 1993 German Cup, is two points ahead of second-placed Bayern, which is chasing a record-extending 12th consecutive league title.

Published : Feb 08, 2024 17:44 IST , BERLIN - 2 MINS READ

FILE PHOTO: Fernando Carro, Chief Executive Officer, Bayer Leverkusen.
FILE PHOTO: Fernando Carro, Chief Executive Officer, Bayer Leverkusen. | Photo Credit: Getty Images
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FILE PHOTO: Fernando Carro, Chief Executive Officer, Bayer Leverkusen. | Photo Credit: Getty Images

Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen’s unbeaten run in all competitions this season faces a tough test against visiting Bayern Munich on Saturday but it has laid the foundations for a successful campaign, said the club’s CEO Fernando Carro.

Leverkusen, whose last major trophy dates back to the 1993 German Cup, is two points ahead of second-placed Bayern, which is chasing a record-extending 12th consecutive league title.

“After we play Bayern we still have 13 games left so in 13 games a lot of things can happen,” Carro told  Reuters in an interview. “For us this week to be honest the most important match was on Tuesday because it was a knockout match.”

Leverkusen bagged a last-gasp 3-2 win over VfB Stuttgart on Tuesday to reach the German Cup semifinals, with the draw set for Saturday. It is also through to the Europa League round of 16 and will find out its opponents on February 23.

“Until now the season has been outstanding but now the reality comes,” Carro said. “We have not achieved anything so far, we have not won anything. But we have laid a great foundation. Now we have to reward ourselves.”

While there is so far very little title talk among coach Xabi Alonso’s players, with three trophies still up for grabs, Carro said silverware would make the season a success.

“If we get one title it will be a successful season because we have not won a title since 1993,” he said.

“At the end of the day we wanted to be in the top four. Our objective is to qualify for the Champions League and I think the top four we will achieve,” he added with a smile.

Leverkusen’s game against Bayern is sold out like its previous matches this season, with its exciting brand of football having taken the league by storm.

Its unbeaten run across 30 matches in all competitions has also been good for the club’s finances with a sharp increase in membership registrations, season ticket sales and sponsor deals.

“It has an impact on our organisation. We have a full stadium every match, we have for the first time in history a waiting time for the season tickets. We had 18,000 and now we have 21,000 and we had to stop it.

“We are increasing our reach in social media. We are number three after Bayern and (Borussia) Dortmund. We have more sponsors than ever. We have already reached the level we expected his year.”

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