Bayer Leverkusen director of sport Rudi Voller has given coach Roger Schmidt a vote of confidence in the wake of Tuesday’s shock cup upset, but has stressed the need to turn things around quickly.
Leverkusen were dumped out of the DFB-Pokal by third-division side Sportfreunde Lotte and Voller admitted that defeat was the last thing they needed with the languishing in 11th spot in the Bundesliga.
“It’s hard to stomach,” Voller told Kicker. “We’ve got an important week ahead which could prove decisive for our entire season.
“Of course he (Schmidt) has our support, but he also knows that he needs to deliver.
“Roger knows that the heat is on because one thing is for sure – we are not going to compromise on our expectations.
“There is no ultimatum. We want to try to turn the corner again, with him.”