Berlin (AP) – After eight years, Christoph Daum is finally hoping for a different German football champion than Bayern Munich. One candidate: his ex-club Bayer Leverkusen.

“It would be great for German football if Bayer made it. A sensational signal for the league,” said the ex-coach (67) of “Bild”. “This season is a lucky bag for everyone – and therefore an opportunity for everyone. That’s why Leverkusen has to remain as constant as now.”

For the 11th match day of the Bundesliga, Leverkusen is in second place in the ranking, just one point behind the record champions from Munich. Daum, who won the championship title with VfB Stuttgart in 1992, is particularly impressed by the new mentality of the Bayer team. “The fact that Bayer is suddenly winning jobs is the right step and fits with the new thinking about results. Above all, I must compliment CEO Fernando Carro who illustrates the winning mentality.”

Coach Peter Bosz (57) also praised Daum, who worked at Bayer from 1996 to 2000: “The injuries were compensated. The team understood that there is no price for attractiveness alone.”

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