Marco Rose felt that the opposition deserved to win and chose to focus his attention on the future, saying: "We need to take the next steps together as a team."

Marco Rose: "It felt as though we were never in the game. In the spells that we did have, the rug was quickly pulled from underneath us again. The defeat is bitter. The boys invested a lot, but they had to make sure they didn't get hit on the counter again. We didn't show enough composure and clarity on the ball in the first half. In addition, we hardly had any shots on goal. With that in mind, it was a deserved victory for Leverkusen. We will analyse things and push on with our development. Setbacks are part of development, and we're working on this. We have to take the next steps together as a team. Consistency is the key word." (tl)