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That three point gap is vital for Leverkusen, as third place represents the third and last guaranteed spot in the Champions League group stage that the Bundesliga gets, with fourth place having to go through a playoff round to qualify.While Leverkusen weren't exactly as successful in the Champions League this season as they would have hoped -- they finished third in their group behind Barcelona and Roma and thus dropped to the Europa League knockout rounds -- they know they need to keep getting back to the group stage if they want to improve as a club beyond where they stand now.That means spending as much time in the top three as possible -- realistically in third place at this point, as second place Borussia Dortmund has a sizable lead as well -- or at least keep the gap between them and third as small as possible.
This game could, in a very real way, make Leverkusen's season.
Bayern were all over Dortmund to start on Saturday.
Captain Philipp Lahm’s cross found Franck Ribery, who scored in the fourth minute.
(Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)Bayern Munich easily defeated Borussia Dortmund last Saturday, 4-1.
The reigning German champions have a 10-point lead on RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga table. Leverkusen were expected to qualify for Europe next season, but find themselves 12th in the table.