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Bayer Leverkusen and the age-old problem

Out in the cup against an outsider, defeat at the start of the championship: Bayer Leverkusen wanted to strive for something higher, but has now landed in a dreary reality. The club is therefore viewed with a well-known skepticism.

Gerardo Seoane said his team in Dortmund “didn’t have enough grip”, especially in the first half.

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First the elimination in the first round of the German Soccer Cup at third-class SV Elversberg, now also a defeat at the start of the Bundesliga at Borussia Dortmund: There is not much consolation for the Bayer Leverkusen team at the moment. The sadness was written all over the face of the Swiss coach Gerardo Seoane on Saturday evening. He was “disappointed,” he said with slumped shoulders.

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