Ryan Giggs predicts tough Leverkusen test
Manchester United veteran impressed with improving German top flight
Manchester United veteran Ryan Giggs has paid tribute to the improving Bundesliga ahead of tonight’s Champions League clash against Bayer Leverkusen.
The Welsh midfielder is expecting a tough test in the opening Group A encounter, against a side that finished third in the German top flight last term.
Leverkusen were also the only side to beat Bayern Munich in the division, and Giggs insists his teammates will need to be ready for he challenge ahead.
“They will be a tough test, that’s for sure. German football is on a real high at the moment and last season’s final, with two German teams at Wembley, proves that,” he told the official Manchester United programme.
“Bayern Munich have been terrific for a long time now and then the emergence of Dortmund has been really exciting. They play the game with so much energy and make life really difficult for you. A lot of people were blown away by them last season.
“At the moment, Germany has a lot of good young players coming through and a good national team that’s not only getting results but performing well and playing attractive football.”
Giggs has also been impressed by the different styles of play adopted by German teams, with Munich and Dortmund going about their business in very different ways.
Both enjoyed great success in Europe’s premier club competition last season, and Leverkusen will be hoping to emulate the success of their domestic rivals this term.
“The interesting thing is that there are two distinct styles, certainly when you look at Bayern and Dortmund. There was the Bayern team that beat Barcelona, which got men behind the ball and then counter-attacked at speed, utilising the work-rate and talents of Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben,” he added.
“Dortmund pressed high up the pitch and won the ball back quickly. They had young, hungry players who were really enthusiastic. I don’t think you can say there’s one style of German football.”
Much like last season, the top three have already risen after just five Bundesliga games this season, with Leverkusen again third behind the big two, despite claiming 12 out of a possible 15 points thus far.