Skibbe still hopeful
By Sam Hez
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Michael Skibbe believes that his side still have a fair chance to qualify for the last eight.
Bayer Leverkusen coach Michael Skibbe believes that his side still have a fair chance to qualify for the Uefa Cup last eight despite their 2-1 defeat at Lens.
Skibbe believes Bayer paid the price for having Tunisian defender Karim Haggui sent off and is hopeful they can turn the contest around.
"I feel that our chances are 50-50 as I am positive that we will be able to play better football than we did today," claimed the Leverkusen boss.
"Until the penalty we were well in control of the match, but if you are forced to play with only ten men for 20 minutes, you better make sure to cling on the result," he explained.
Haggui cancelled Oliver Monterrubio's lead and Leverkusen appeared on track for a draw until the Tunisian defender was send off, allowing Daniel Cousin to score from the penalty spot to hand Lens a deserved win.
Skibbe has made young goalkeeper Rene Adler his new number one.
The former German U21 international has impressed Skibbe of late and the coach feels he merits a run in the team ahead of Hans-Jorg Butt.
"I would be delighted for Rene if he could repeat the form he showed at Schalke," Skibbe commented.
"I've talked to both players about the situation and told them the reasons for my decision."