Stuttgart - Bayer 04 Leverkusen were somewhat perplexed as to how they threw away a 3-0 half-time lead in a barmy 3-3 draw at VfB Stuttgart on Saturday afternoon.

bundesliga.com rounds up the post-match thoughts from both sides after a thrilling encounter at the Mercedes-Benz Arena…

Bayer 04 Leverkusen


Karim Bellarabi: That was a game we simply had to win [after leading 3-0], but we ended up conceding three goals from three set-pieces. I'm not really sure what went wrong, whether we lost focus a little bit or not, but we just can't allow that sort of thing to happen. We were brilliant in the first half and could have scored four or five, so to play that way in the second half is really annoying. Normally we'd go on and win, but we ended up throwing away two points.

Heung Min Son: When you play so well in the first half and score three, you don't expect to draw 3-3. We could even have scored more, but we should still take the positives from the game. We started brilliantly and played with the same level of self-belief we had at home to Benfica [in the UEFA Champions League]. Obviously we'll analyse the mistakes and look at what went wrong as well.

Bernd Leno: We went 3-0 ahead and should perhaps have even gone 5-0 up. I hate saying this, but we have to be happy with a point at the end of the day.

VfB Stuttgart


Martin Harnik: It's difficult to explain [what happened]. We were hopeless in the first half and came off second best in every challenge, but we showed great character in the second half, which not every team is capable of. The coach gave us confidence at half-time and told us to regain some pride.

Thorsten Kirschbaum: We're very happy with the draw, considering our performance in the first half. We couldn't believe what was going on before the break. We sat in stunned silence in the changing rooms, wondering how we'd let Leverkusen do what they did to us. We showed great character to come back though.

Oriol Romeu: Our first goal gave us a lot of confidence. We believed in ourselves and our quality. At the end of the day we have to play like we did after half-time right from the first whistle, then we might be able to get more out of games like this.