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Roger Schmidt: 'Bayer Leverkusen can trouble anybody'

Bayer Leverkusen coach Roger Schmidt feels that his side have enough about them to trouble any team in Europe ahead of the group-stage draw for the Champions League.

Roger Schmidt has warned Europe's elite that Bayer Leverkusen will be fearing nobody ahead of Friday's group-stage Champions League draw.

The Bundesliga outfit overturned a 1-0 first-leg deficit to beat Lazio 3-0 at the BayArena on Wednesday night and book their spot in tomorrow's draw.

Famed for their high-intensity pressing under Schmidt, the 48-year-old believes that even the continent's finest will not want to visit Leverkusen this season.

"We are delighted to have made the group stage. This means a lot to the whole team and I think everybody could see how focused we were," he told reporters.

"We play with a high intensity at home and can create a lot of problems for any team in Europe. We are used to this intensity, our opponent often aren't."

Goals from Hakan Calhanoglu, Admir Mehmedi and Karim Bellarabi did the damage.

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Leverkusen's Swiss forward Admir Mehmedi celebrates scoring during the UEFA Champions League playoff football match between Bayer Leverkusen and SS Lazio, in Leverkusen, western Germany, on August 26, 2015.
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