The Bundesliga has crested a wave in recent years, culminating in last season’s all-German Champions League final and Bayern Munich’s domination domestically and in Europe. So Ryan Giggs subsequently expects a stern challenge from Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday night.
The Reds face the 2012/13 Bundesliga’s third-placed club to kick-start Group A at Old Trafford and Giggs is looking forward to taking on a team who finished just a point behind Borussia Dortmund last term and who were the only team to defeat Bayern in the league.
“They will be a tough test, that’s for sure,” Giggs says in an exclusive interview with the matchday programme, United Review. “German football is on a real high at the moment and last season’s final, with two German teams at Wembley, proves that.
“Bayern Munich have been terrific for a long time now and then the emergence of Dortmund has been really exciting. They play the game with so much energy and make life really difficult for you. A lot of people were blown away by them last season.
“At the moment, Germany has a lot of good young players coming through and a good national team that’s not only getting results but performing well and playing attractive football.”
With Sami Hyypia as their boss, Bayer are built on a solid defensive foundation but also like to attack. Wingers Sydney Sam and Heung-Min Son are a threat and rangy front man Stefan Kiessling was the Bundesliga’s top scorer last term.