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Atletico’s Champions League rival sack coach ahead of second leg

Bayer Leverkusen are without a coach as they prepare for the second leg clash at the Vicente Calderón

Tottenham Hotspur FC v Bayer 04 Leverkusen - UEFA Champions League Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images

Bayer Leverkusen have sacked Roger Schmidt ahead of the Champions League second leg against Atletico Madrid, with the German side languishing in 10th position in the Bundesliga.

They were hammered by Borussia Dortmund on Saturday 6-2 and the club have decided to move on with the likelihood of a Champions League looming after the 4-2 win for Atletico at the BayArena in the first leg.

Bayer have lost four of their last six league games and the club’s decision to sack Schmidt comes after three years at the helm for the German. They are yet to announce a replacement with a couple of names tentatively thrown into the ring.