Hyypia hoping to expose attack-minded Shakhtar

The former Liverpool defender says Mircea Lucescu's men are a far better side going forward than they are on the back foot, and is therefore hoping to exploit that fact
Bayern Leverkusen boss Sami Hyypia is confident that his troops will get chances to score against Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday night as he believes the attack-minded Ukrainians consistently leave themselves exposed at the back.

The former Finland international is wary of the threat posed by Mircea Lucescu's men, but does take great encouragement from just how openly they approach each and every game.

"They have five, six players from South America," Hyypia told reporters on the eve of the game at the BayArena. "I think they are better when they attack and have problems when they have to defend.

"Their style is always the same - at home or away. We have to be well prepared and try to benefit from their offensive play so that we have more attacking players than they have defenders and we will get chances to score hopefully."

However, Hyypia is aware that Leverkusen, who edged out Real Sociedad last time out, will have to play without any fear themselves, after being somewhat overawed in their first outing in Group A, when they lost 4-2 away to Manchester United.

"We have been nervous with the ball sometimes, especially at Old Trafford," the ex-Liverpool defender confessed.

"Little things will be essential. We have to move more, pass the ball with better quality and have to concentrate. If we do, then we're able to show our good skills."