Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes believes that Bayer Leverkusen have the potential to challenge his side for the Bundesliga title next season
The German, who managed Leverkusen between 2009 and 2011, praised the job that Heiko Herrlich has done at the BayArena this season, ahead of their DFB Cup semi-final clash on Tuesday.
“Bayer are a team with a real future,” said Heynckes, according to the Bundesliga website.
“They’re one of the candidates to be champions next season. When they become a bit more consistent, they’re a side that can finish at the very top.”
The veteran tactician highlighted Bayer’s surge in the Bundesliga standings this season as evidence of the work that Herrlich achieved with the club currently in fourth-place in the table compared to last season’s 12th place finish.
“He’s worked well wherever he’s been, whether that’s a big club or a small club. Herrlich is doing very well, in an unfussy fashion. He’s doing a really good job. You can always see when a very good coach passes on his character, knowledge and personality to a team.”
The 72 year-old is happy to face his former club one more time: “It’s not any old game for me; it’s always nice to return to a place you were very happy.”
Bayern have recently announced that Heynckes will be stepping down from his role for a fourth time with Niko Kovac set to take charge for next season at the Allianz Arena.