Bayer 04 Leverkusen may have suffered a 1-0 loss on home soil against Borussia Dortmund on Matchday 22, but with the Germany national team head coach Joachim Löw in the stands, there was one big winner in Die Werkself's squad.

Jonathan Tah's stock continues to climb with every passing weekend and, after another stellar performance against one of the Bundesliga's best sides, his meteoric rise is showing no signs reaching its peak.

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In the running for UEFA EURO 2016

The young centre-half won 71 per cent of his challenges, covered over ten kilometres and did well to keep the prolific Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang quiet for the majority of the 90 minutes.

It is no wonder then that during an interview with Sky at half-time Löw was quick to single the 20-year-old out for particular praise. "He's a young player with a lot of potential," he said. "He's physically strong and very quick. We're taking a very close look at him. Everything is possible and we're certainly keeping an open mind."

With Jerome Boateng, Holger Badstuber and Benedikt Höwedes all currently out injured, Tah, a regular fixture in the Germany U-21 set-up since the start of the season, could well be a serious candidate to make the step-up to the full national team.

Talking exclusively to bundesliga.com in the catacombs of the BayArena, the rising star discussed the defeat to Dortmund, his development, and chances of going to UEFA EURO 2016.

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'I give my very best in every single game'

bundesliga.com: Jonathan Tah, despite suffering a 1-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund today, you and your side have to be proud of the performance?

Jonathan Tah: It was a good performance from our point of view. We battled hard and showed great fighting spirit, but it's just a shame that we didn't manage to score. We could have taken something from this game and had the chances to do just that.

bundesliga.com: How was it dealing with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang?

Tah: He's a great player and everyone knows that. He's incredibly fast and very talented. He scored again today which meant we couldn't stop him.

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bundesliga.com: You yourself seem to be growing in confidence with every passing game, though?

Tah: I think this whole team is growing together as a collective. Every single player is taking steps forward. We've got a great team spirit and that's why, but of course I'm pleased with the way I'm developing.

bundesliga.com: You picked up a 1-0 win over Sporting Club de Portugal in your UEFA Europa League Round of 32 first leg. You must be confident of finishing off the job when they visit on Thursday?

Tah: Yeah, of course. We felt we played well in the first leg and are looking forward to putting in a similar performance in front of our own fans. Our aim is to get into the next round and we're going to do everything we can to achieve that.

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bundesliga.com: Joachim Löw was in the stadium today. Do you think you gave a good account of yourself to the national team head coach?

Tah: For me I give my very best in every single game I play and do whatever I can to help my team succeed whenever I play, no matter who is in the stadium. I'm always trying to be the best that I can be. Anything after that, we'll just have to see what happens.

bundesliga.com: Is the aim of trying to break into the national team for UEFA EURO 2016 in the back of your mind?

Tah: Not really. Of course it would be a great honour to represent my country, but I'm not putting any pressure on myself. Right now I'm just trying to improve game by game and make sure I give my best for the team.

Jonathan Tah was speaking to bundesliga.com's James Thorogood.