Hyypia urges high-flying Leverkusen to remain grounded

Saturday's 2-0 victory over Hannover was Bayer's sixth in seven games this term, but the former Liverpool stopper has reminded his charges they have a long way to go
Bayer Leverkusen coach Sami Hyypia is adamant that his side will remain grounded following their promising start to the Bundesliga campaign.

Saturday's 2-0 victory over Hannover cemented his side's place in the top three, leaving them just one point shy of Borussia Dortmund and defending champions Bayern Munich.

Goals from Simon Rolfes and Sidney Sam wrapped up the points in the first half, but Hyypia knows that building on their early-season form will not be easy.

"We give everything that we can in every game and we try to improve the team in training on a daily basis, and we have to work hard for our results," the former Liverpool defender said.

"That's the right way to do it. We don't think about how close we are to Bayern or Dortmund.

"We have to focus on our game, to improve it to maybe make it a little more flexible. The results will come if we do that."

The in-form German outfit will return to European action when they face Real Sociedad on Wednesday, having opened their Champions League campaign with a 4-2 defeat at Manchester United.