With their emphatic 4:0 win over Bochum on Wednesday, Bayer Leverkusen have broken a 42 year old record in the German football. The club has now played 25 matches across all competitions since the beginning of the 2023/24 season and is yet to taste a defeat – a new milestone for German teams.
During that period, the Bayer Leverkusen players have recorded 22 victories and 3 draws. They have scored 81 goals and conceded 18, while also registering 11 clean sheets.
The first team in German football history to remain unbeaten after the first 25 games of a campaign:
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Bayer Leverkusen have never won the Bundesliga title, but last night’s win saw them preserve their 4 point lead at the top of the standings, but Bayern – their closest challengers and winners of the previous 11 domestic titles have a game in hand.
Yesterday’s victory was marked by Patrick Shik’s return from injury, a moment which the striker cherished as he finished the night with a hat-trick. In his first outing since 22nd October, the Czech striker netted all of his goals inside a 15 minute interval, with the first coming in the 30th minute from the penalty spot and the last just before the half-time break. Now Bayer Leverkusen have scored 12 goals in the three matches following their 1:1 draw with Stuttgart, averaging 4 per 90 minutes of football.
Xabi Alonso and his players will enter 2024 at the top of the Bundesliga, having played all their matches for 2023, with their first competitive encounter set for 13th of January away to Augsburg.