Schade: We leave with heads held high

Bayer Leverkusen CEO Michael Schade heaped praise on his team despite their exit from the Champions League at the hands of Atletico Madrid.

Leverkusen played to a hard-fought 0-0 draw with Diego Simeone’s side in their second-leg of their tie which condemned them to an exit from Europe’s elite competition following Atletico’s 4-2 lead from the first-leg.

“There was no miracle but we saw a renaissance in controlled football,” he told the club’s official website.

“We created several clear-cut chances, which is not a given against Atletico.

“We can leave the European stage for this season with our heads held high and not by the back door. We remain unbeaten away from home and we have played well, particularly in the group stage.

“We want to experience games like this again next season. I’m sure, if we can take forward the power and enthusiasm shown today then we will again be able to qualify for Europe next season,” he concluded.