Leverkusen - Bayer 04 Leverkusen's chances of reaching the next stage of the UEFA Europa League suffered a blow on Thursday night as they suffered a 1-0 home loss against SL Benfica in the first leg of their Round of 32 tie.

However, captain Simon Rolfes isn't ready to count his side out of the competition and believes die Werkself have every chance of overturning the narrow deficit in Portugal - after they've picked up three points in the league against Augsburg, of course.

Question: Simon Rolfes, after the 1-0 defeat to Benfica, what is your assessment of Bayer Leverkusen's chances in the return leg in Portugal?

Simon Rolfes: It's always unfavourable when you lose 1-0 at home in a European competition, but all is not lost. We've already put in several good performances away from home this season. Our problem at the moment is that we're playing well and creating lots of chances, but we aren't making the most of them. Perhaps we're not as focused or uncompromising as we could be. If we can sort that out, then we'll have a chance in Lisbon.

Question: Leverkusen put in another efficient performance, but once again weren't rewarded for it. Is that a major problem at present?

Rolfes: Definitely. A 1-1 draw would've been useful, but this is the situation we're in now. We've got to be more consistent at the back and up front. Our style of play has improved since the first half of the season, even if results haven't quite followed suit. We've got to get it into our heads that we have to stay alert in these situations.

Question: Do you believe Leverkusen can still overturn the 1-0 deficit?

Rolfes: Of course. Everything is possible in Europe. We're confident enough to go to Lisbon and swing the result in our favour. We're not suffering from a performance crisis, more of a results crisis. We've got to straighten that out in the Bundesliga and take three points against Augsburg. Then we'll travel to Lisbon.

Question: How confident are you of beating Augsburg?

Rolfes: Maybe we'll be able to secure an "ugly" win for once. We're always playing well, but then something goes wrong towards the end. We're creating a lot of chances and we need to be 100 per cent concentrated when they present themselves. We've got a great system. It looks good up front, but at the back we also need to just smash the ball into the stands sometimes. We did that at [FC Bayern] Munich and won. Everyone was delighted with that even if it wasn't pretty.

Question: Augsburg don't possess the kind of quality Leverkusen do in their squad, so where does the danger lie against such an opponent?

Rolfes: It would be criminal to underestimate them. Augsburg have their backs to the wall and are incredibly dangerous for exactly that reason. We endured a really difficult match in Augsburg during the first half of the season. We had a really tough time and have been warned. We've got to focus on our own performance and produce at both ends of the pitch. If we do that I'm convinced we'll win the game.

Tobias Gonscherowski reporting from Leverkusen