Berlin (dpa) – General manager Rudi Völler is yearing for a title for Bayer Leverkusen in the season sprint.

Asked by his former national team-mate and current Sky pundit Lothar Matthews what he would choose for the alternatives of “renewed Champions League participation” or “finally another title after almost 30 years on the letterhead” if he had to, Völler replied: “Lothar, you’re known for your catching questions. It’s hard to answer.’

In the Bundesliga, Leverkusen, RB Leipzig and Borussia Mönchengladbach compete for the two remaining places in the Champions League. In the DFB-Pokal final, Bayer FC will meet Bayern Munich at berlin’s Olympic Stadium on 4 July, while coach Peter Bosz’s team will also play in the Europa League.

“I make no secret of it and that applies not only to me, but to the whole of Leverkusen, that we have achieved our goals for many years, that is to say that we have reached the group stage of the Champions League. We didn’t really have anything in our hands. Holding a trophy in your hand would be great,” Völler said on Sky TV – just before kick-off of the match at Hertha BSC: “That doesn’t mean we don’t want to finish fourth.”

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