The 2015/16 Bundesliga season is now at the halfway stage, providing the ideal time to take stock of each club's progress so far. Here, bundesliga.com puts Bayer 04 Leverkusen under the microscope.
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The story so far
Leverkusen struggled for consistency in the early part of the season and suffered chastening defeats at Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern München, but in recent weeks there has been a feel-good factor at the club, personified to a large extent by their new Mexican superstar Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez.
Signed on transfer deadline day from Manchester United FC, the 27-year-old overcame a slow start to explode into the richest vein of form of his career in Europe to date, recently becoming the first Mexican to score a Bundesliga hat-trick, as Die Werkself recorded an important 5-0 win over fellow UEFA Champions League aspirants Borussia Mönchengladbach.
- Leverkusen have put in a league-high 4011 challenges.Only Hertha Berlin need fewer shots per goal (3.5) than Leverkusen (4.6).Bayer have been hit on the counter following an attempt on goal fewer times than any other team (nine).
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Remind yourself of Leverkusen's placing in the standings during the season with our interactive league table. Simply click on the + symbol at the end of each row in the standings for a comprehensive statistical overview.
Sit back and enjoy Leverkusen's dismantling of Gladbach on Matchday 16 in the video below.