Son Heung-Min and Leverkusen have concluded the Champions League group stage, finishing second in their group. They leave Estadio da Luz with a 0-0 draw.
Prior to the match, Leverkusen had already qualified for the Knockout stage. After today’s game, they end up finishing second in their group, and Monaco (PCY’s former club) tops it.
The game at Estadio da Luz was a fiesty encounter, Schmidt correctly predicting that Benfica would not go down without a fight. Bayer ended with a total of 14 fouls, 11 shots, and a man sent off at the 90′. Son Heung-Min came on as a substitute at the 70′, but wasn’t able to score within the remaining 26 minutes.
As Jae mentioned via Twitter, the draw situation with Bayer is an unpleasant one. If they had topped their group, they could have faced:
Juventus, Basel, Arsenal, Roma, Manchester City, CSKA Moscow, PSG, Barcelona, Sporting, and Shaktar.
(IMO, these are teams that Bayer are capable of matching up with).
Finishing as runner-ups in the group stage, they could face:
Athletico Madrid, Real Madrid, PSG, Barcelona, Chelsea, Porto.
The Champions League draw will take place next week on December 15, 2014.
Over the course of the past week, there have been reports circulating that Son is being targeted by LVG’s Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspurs. I doubt Son will leave Leverkusen, but the Premier League would definitely provide him with more competitive football. Hoping he makes the move to Tottenham.
That’s it from me. Do you think Leverkusen will get past the Knockout Stage? Is a Son transfer possible? If so, Tottenham or Man United? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.