DFB Cup, quarterfinals: Bayer Leverkusen against VfB Stuttgart live
Will Leverkusen continue to triumph in all competitions? Bayer will face VfB Stuttgart today in the quarterfinals of the DFB Cup. The guests will have to do without top scorer Serhou Guirassy in the semi-final duel. The match starts at 8:45 p.m. on the live ticker.
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DFB Cup, quarterfinals
Bayer Leverkusen – VfB Stuttgart (8:45 p.m.)
Leverkusen: Kovar – Tapsoba, Tah, Hincapie – Frimpong, Xhaka, Andrich, Grimaldo – Hofmann, Schick, Wirtz
Stuttgart: Nübel – Vagnoman, Rouault, Anton, Ito, Mittelstädt – Karazor, Stiller – Millot, Führich – Undav
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DFB Cup – Alonso: “It will be a great week for us”
For Bayer Leverkusen it is the week of truth, for VfB Stuttgart it is the ultimate test for the best team: when the two surprise teams of the season so far play in the quarterfinals on Tuesday DFB-Cup match, it will be the meeting of the great favorites for the field of participants. For the winner of the duel between BundesligaLeague leaders Leverkusen and third-placed Stuttgart seem clearer than ever on the path to their first cup victory of this millennium.
“The players have the desire to win something. The cup is the shortest way and we are only two games away from the final,” said Leverkusen coach Xabi Alonso: “It is a good opportunity to reach the semi-finals. And we are very, very motivated.”
Leverkusen have been hoping for a title since winning the cup in 1993. There are three possibilities this season and the big league blow will be against the series champions on Saturday. FC Bayern in. But according to Alonso, no one should think about that yet. “It will be an excellent week for us. But Saturday is far away, tomorrow is very close,” he stated. Spanish people on Monday: “We are used to English We've had weeks and we've done well so far. After Tuesday we still have enough time to prepare for Saturday.”
Guirassy will miss the Cup quarterfinals due to injury
The pressure this week is no more than usual: “There is always pressure in professional football,” he said: “But this week we don't feel it more than usual.”
As a player, former world and European champion Alonso also suffered disappointments in the DFB Cup. He only reached the final in Berlin with Bayern once in three years and then sat on the bench for 120 minutes in the 2016 final against Borussia Dortmund. But he still doesn't want to think about a possible final. “The final comes after the semifinals. And we are not in the semifinals yet,” he stated. The respect for VfB is also great. “I really like how Stuttgart play,” said Alonso: “The position they are in in the Bundesliga is totally deserved.”
Stuttgart will have to do without attacker Serhou Guirassy in the quarterfinals. According to information from the German Press Agency, the 27-year-old did not even travel to the match against Bundesliga leader Leverkusen due to gastrointestinal problems.