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Leverkusen hope for lasting development through ‘special’ season

Bayer Leverkusen leaders believe that their strong run at the top of the Bundesliga and possible titles in May can have a lasting positive impact on the club.

Leverkusen have gone without defeat in a German record first 25 games of the season in all competitions. Xabi Alonso‘s team leads the Bundesliga, are in the German Cup quarter-finals and the Europa League last 16.

The western Germans have never won the Bundesliga, coming second five times. They won the German Cup in 1993 and the UEFA Cup in 1988.

Leverkusen CEO Fernando Carro said in a joint interview with sporting director Simon Rolfes posted on the club website on Wednesday that possible silverware could have a long lasting effect.

“If we really do manage to achieve something big at the end of the season, it can make a significant contribution to reaching a new, higher level over the years,” Carro said.

“We have all the prerequisites for this – be it the proximity to our fans, the great professionalism in our organisation or the quality and determination of everyone who works here.”

Rolfes said: “The club has always developed over the years, the fan base has continually grown. We’ve reached a new level in many areas. However, what’s happening right now is certainly special.

“The stadium is always sold out, the member numbers are literally exploding and the quality of the team has never been this high since 2005 – both individually and in the depth of the squad.”

There are fears form could decline because several players will be at the Africa Cup of Nations in January, but Rolfes believes they have the depth to get through this phase.

“In planning the squad last summer, as well as the strain of three competitions and the possibility of

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