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Bayer Leverkusen Manager Peter Bosz Insists He’ll Never Forget Ibrox Atmosphere

Bayer Leverkusen Manager Peter Bosz Insists He’ll Never Forget Ibrox Atmosphere

Bayer Leverkusen manager Peter Bosz insists he’ll never forget the atmosphere created by Rangers‘ ‘fanatical fans’ inside Ibrox several weeks ago.

The Bundesliga giants haven’t kicked a ball since their 3-1 win over Steven Gerrard’s side in Glasgow on March 12 in the Europa League following the outbreak of the coronavirus but it seems the cacophony of noise created that night will stay with Bosz for some time.

The Dutch coach, who helped guide Ajax to the final of the same competition in 2017, was delighted to see Kai Havertz, Charles Aranguiz and Leon Bailly secured an emphatic first-leg last-16 victory but he was also impressed by the overall experience of his trip to Scotland.

Speaking via the Sun, Bosz said: “I have been thinking about that last game at Ibrox a lot. It was really good wasn’t it?

“Although the match itself wasn’t brilliant, the result was. And to play at a stadium like Ibrox was an incredible experience in front of 50,000 fanatical Rangers supporters.

“It was a pure football atmosphere.

“I said what I did at the time because I have a strong opinion and I still stick to it…football is for the fans.

“But I now realise that it’s about money at this time. We’re only going to play ghost games because clubs need the money.

“Clubs could be in a lot of financial trouble if they don’t play and they need the TV money. So I understand that now we have to play behind closed doors.

“I’m really happy we have returned to training for small groups.

“And I think the fans will be happy if they can watch live football on TV after six weeks of no football or repeats of games from decades ago. It’s better than nothing.”

It remains to be seen whether or not the Europa League will reconvene this season and, if so, when, but Leverkusen’s impressive showing in their last outing will surely see them labelled as one of the favourites to lift the trophy.

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