Roger Schmidt has wasted little time in stamping his authority on die Werkself, introducing a free-flowing style that has become the hallmark of the former SC Paderborn 07 coach's sides. If you've never been to watch the Rhinelanders play on home turf, now is the time to do so!
To make things a little easier for you, bundesliga.com has compiled a brief guide to help you plan your visit to the west German city of Leverkusen...
Located in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Leverkusen has a population of just over 161,200. It is situated in a densely populated row of cities along the river Rhine and has excellent transport links. The two closest international airports, Cologne/Bonn and Düsseldorf, are within an hour's drive of the city (the A1 and A3 motorways both pass through Leverkusen), while Leverkusen Mitte - the city's main train station - is also easily accessible.
Leverkusen has long been synonymous with the chemical and pharmaceutical company Bayer AG, but there is much more to the city than that: There are plenty of idyllic spots along the Rhine in particular, such as the Neuland-Park and the renowned Japanese Gardens. The Leverkusen Water Tower, meanwhile, is one of the city's most famous landmarks. Visitors are treated to an incredible panoramic view of the area - provided they make it to the top of the 72-metre structure!
Wiesdorf, Leverkusen's city centre, has numerous cafes and department stores where you can enjoy a bite to eat and do your shopping prior to kick-off. If you have more spare time to kill, the Morsbroich Palace, located just a stone's throw away from the centre, is also well worth a visit: Built in the eighteenth century, Morsbroich is home to the Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art, exhibiting over 300 paintings and sculptures.
Renovated ahead of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, Leverkusen's BayArena ranks among the most modern football stadia in Germany. It may only hold 30,000 spectators, but die Werkself fans are more than capable of generating an atmosphere to rival any in the Bundesliga. The Lindner Hotel, built in 1999 before the stadium's renovation, offers an exclusive view of the pitch above the north stand, but be prepared to fork out a little extra for a room or suite there.
If you're not staying at the Lindner, you can head back to Wiesdorf in order to sample some of the many bars and pubs in the centre after the match. Alternatively, if you're heading home that same day, there is a direct link to Düsseldorf Airport from Leverkusen Mitte train station. You'll have to stop off at Köln Messe/Deutz station on your way back to Köln/Bonn Airport, but it won't take you much longer than an hour to get there.