Leon Bailey tips Leverkusen for a top-four finish in Bundesliga

LEVERKUSEN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 17: Mitchell Weiser #23 of Bayer Leverkusen (L) and Leon Bailey #9 of Bayer Leverkusen applaud fans after the Bundesliga match between Bayer 04 Leverkusen and Fortuna Duesseldorf at BayArena on February 17, 2019 in Leverkusen, Germany. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Leon Bailey believes that Bayer Leverkusen’s new playing style will extract the full potential of the players and help them qualify for next season’s Champion’s League.

Since Peter Bosz’s appointment as manager in December, Leverkusen have won five of their 10 games under the former Ajax coach.

The Dutchman has a reputation back in his homeland for being a proactive coach who employs a daring style of offensive football at his teams.

And this appears to be paying off at Leverkusen with the club having climbed up to sixth place in the Bundesliga standings and now just four points off catching Borussia Monchengladbach in fourth.

Therefore, Jamaican winger Bailey is feeling optimistic over Die Werkself’s prospects heading into the final 10 games of the league campaign.

“In the second half of the season, you see a different team than the first part of the season. I believe that if we can continue like this with the confidence and our style of play, our individual quality will come out by itself and show at the perfect time,” Bailey told Bundesliga.com.

“So far, it’s been working and I think if we continue like this we can reach the Champions League. That’s where we want to be at the end of the season.

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Under former manager Heiko Herrlich, the 21-year-old considered leaving Leverkusen due to a lack of regular opportunities this season. Real Madrid and Chelsea had been touted as potential destinations.

But things with Bosz have been much better for Bailey after starting in all 10 of the new boss’ games in charge.

“I’d say Peter Bosz being here is a big thing for me because he has a different style of play, and I didn’t feature much in the first part of the season,” said Bailey.

“It’s perfect for me because he likes my style of play and I like how he wants us to play. I think it’s going to help the team a lot and it’s also going to help the way I play. My qualities can come out more.”

Bailey has managed four goals and five assists in 33 appearances across all competitions for Leverkusen this season.

Bosz’s men will return to action away to Hannover 96 on Sunday for their next Bundesliga match.

DORTMUND, GERMANY – FEBRUARY 24: Peter Bosz and Leon Bailey of Bayer Leverkusen during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Dortmund and Bayer 04 Leverkusen at the Signal Iduna Park on February 24, 2019 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Jörg Schüler/Getty Images)