Bayer Leverkusen insist they have a "result crisis" rather than a "coach crisis" as the pressure on boss Roger Schmidt continues to mount.
Leverkusen crashed out of the DFB Pokal on Tuesday after losing in a penalty shootout to third-tier club Sportfreunde Lotte, who were reduced to 10 men.
Schmidt's side have now not won in four consecutive matches across all competitions, while they have slipped to 11th in the Bundesliga, with a league game against Wolfsburg and Champions League clash with Tottenham...
Schalke coach Markus Weinzierl has praised Tottenham loanee Nabil Bentaleb, but did not confirm the Royal Blues have already triggered an option to buy the midfielder permanently.
Bentaleb, 21, joined the Schalke on a season-long loan from Spurs shortly before the start of the Bundesliga season and has scored three goals in 11 appearances across all competitions and set up one more in the league. Last weekend, Bentaleb's brace helped Schalke to an important 3-0 win against Mainz.
Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mario Gotze told reporters that his side's narrow defeat of Union Berlin did not go according to script on Wednesday.
Dortmund progressed to the quarterfinals of the DFB Pokal after beating second division side Union Berlin 4-1 on penalties (1-1 in regular time), and Gotze confirmed the cup match ahead of Saturday's Revierderby against rivals Schalke 04 did not happen as Thomas Tuchel's team had planned.
"We imagined the match to go differently," Gotze said. "As long...