Jonathan Tah (l.) put in another accomplished display, despite Bayer 04 Leverkusen losing 1-0 to Borussia Dortmund on Matchday 22. - © © imago / Uwe Kraft
Jonathan Tah (l.) put in another accomplished display, despite Bayer 04 Leverkusen losing 1-0 to Borussia Dortmund on Matchday 22. - © © imago / Uwe Kraft
Bundesliga

Tah exclusive: 'We showed great fighting spirit'

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.

Read: Leverkusen 0-1 Dortmund report

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.

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."

Read: Mats Hummels' thoughts on Dortmund's win at Leverkusen

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.

'I give my very best in every single game'