No pity from Hyypia as Leverkusen slump continues
Bayer Leverkusen's under-fire coach Sami Hyypia insists self-pity will not help his team after they suffered their fourth straight home defeat and eighth loss in ten games.
The 40-year-old ex-Liverpool defender is in his first season as head coach of Leverkusen, but they dropped to third in the Bundesliga after suffering a 1-0 defeat at home to Mainz on Saturday.
Cameroon striker Eric Choupo-Moting slammed home the winner past Leverkusen's goalkeeper Bernd Leno on 37 minutes.
It capped a horror month of results for Hyypia's side who suffered a shock German Cup exit at home to second division Kaiserslautern and were routed 4-0, also at home, by Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League's last 16, first-leg.
"I still have a good impression of the team," said former Finland defender Hyypia, whose side conceded second place in the league table to Borussia Dortmund to lag 22 points behind leaders Bayern Munich.
"Everyone knows that self-pity will bring us nothing.
"We will not push the panic button. We have to work together to get out of this situation.
"We have to take the positives from the game, to draw some self-confidence and head to go to Hanover for our next game with renewed vigour."
Leverkusen's forthcoming fixtures hardly boost confidence as they face PSG away on March 12 with a near-impossible deficit, then head to Munich to face run-away leaders Bayern in the league on March 15.