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Leno wants Leverkusen to finish on a high

Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno wants to give their fans a winning send off in their final home game of the season on Saturday.

They take on Hannover with third place and a UEFA Champions League berth for 2013/14 already secured, and have no chance of catching second place Borussia Dortmund.

With the pressure off, Leno will be chasing a fourth successive win and revenge for their 3-2 loss in the reverse fixture earlier this season.

“Of course we want to win the match, but we have reached our target in the table so we are not under a huge amount pressure anymore,” Leno said.

“Still we would like to have a good last home match for our fans, we will play without any pressure and go for the win.”

Leno said the squad was feeling refreshed after a short break following their last match – a 2-0 win at Nuremberg – and said the club could opt to give reserve players some first-team football.

“We were off for two days and have just started again. We will see if we can do something for the crowd, there is still time to do it,” he said.

“Obviously three points and a great match would be the best gift for the fans.

“I don’t know if there will be any changes in the squad, the manager will sort it out, maybe they’ll let some reserve players start.

“I don’t know though, I couldn’t figure it out during the training session.”

Wed 8 May, 2013
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