Steven Gerrard rues poor performance against Bayer Leverkusen

Steven Gerrard rues poor performance against Bayer Leverkusen

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard firmly believes that his side went easy on Bayer Leverkusen in the first half after losing 3-1 in their Europa League Last 16 first-leg clash.

Gerrard spoke highly of the opposition but shared his disappointment in The Gers poor performances and felt like they did not show up when it came to the defence.

“I think the scoreline is a tough one for us to take,” he said. “I think losing 3-1 at Ibrox is always going to be disappointing.

“You have to pay respect to the opposition, who are a good team. There’s a really good style about them and they have some high-class individuals.

“I thought we were too respectful in the first 45 minutes. We had a good shape about us and the organisation was good but we were passive and not aggressive enough.

“The second half was much more like what I was looking for. More front foot and we got some success and joy from that, created some decent opportunities but the second goal we conceded was a top-class finish. The third one I’m extremely disappointed with because we never defended that situation well at all.

“If the game finishes at 2-1 then it’s not the end of the world and you have a scoreline you can go fight on but 3-1 makes it that bit tougher.

"But we will go next week and give it our best shot and hopefully try to find a 90-minute performance and not just 45.”