As the 2013/14 Bundesliga season enters its homestretch, Bayer Leverkusen, VfL Wolfsburg, Borussia Monchengladbach and Mainz fight it out for the fourth spot. The winners of this mini battle will have a chance to qualify for the next edition of the Champions League and grab their share in the ever increasing revenue generated by this blue riband competition. With Bayern Munich already confirmed as champions for this year’s Bundesliga, and Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04 having all but sown up the automatic spots for next season’s Champions League there is still a lot to play for as far as the battle at the top is concerned. The four clubs below them namely – Bayer Leverkusen, VfL Wolfsburg, Borussia Monchengladbach and Mainz have four games in which they can claim the fourth spot and hence enter the 3rd qualifying round of next season’s Champions League. Here, TheHardTackle analyzes which team amongst these four has the best chance to get that elusive […]

As the Champions League enters matchday 5, most of the clubs know that any slip could mean an end to this season’s European adventure. With such a huge amount of pressure on their shoulders, will the players rise to the occasion and move their respective clubs one step closer to the knockout rounds or will they flounder. Whatever happens though, the action on Wednesday night will not lack passion and drama. Here THT analyzes five of the major talking points ahead of the games. Bayer Leverkusen vs Manchester United : Battle for Top Spot When the draw for this season was made one could feel that this group would offer a stern test to Manchester United’s European credentials and it has turned out exactly as per prediction. Though the Red Devils are leading the points table they know that they have two teams right on their coat tails. United come into this match on the back of a highly entertaining […]

Welcome to the round-up of first round of matches for the knock-out phase of the Champions league. The long European nights are back as drama unfolds across various stadiums in Europe. Four matches were played across the continents, as teams push forward to book their place in the quarter-finals. Here are the insights into the matches gone by. Bayer Leverkusen lost to Barcelona, even before it kicked off Bayer Leverkusen 1  – 3 Barcelona When the draw for the round of 16 put together Bayer Leverkusen and Barcelona, football lovers were excited. It might not have been the most high-profile match up of the round neither was it the most closely matched tie. Barcelona were the over-whelming favorites, as they are against most, if not all, teams in Europe. Having said that, it was expected to be a good footballing match between two good footballing teams. Leverkusen might be struggling in the domestic league as they have failed to maintain […]