Hyypia: I've asked a lot of people for advice
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Sami Hyypia has insisted Bayer Leverkusen will not just roll over in Wednesday's UEFA Champions League last 16, second-leg clash at Paris Saint-Germain despite facing a four-goal deficit.

Leverkusen were thrashed 4-0 at home by PSG last month as Sweden superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice, including a stunning strike from the edge of the box. Leverkusen face a near-impossible task in the return leg at the Parc des Princes, but Hyypia is determined that his side will play with their heads high.

"We won't just throw away the game, otherwise I would have sent the U-23 squad," insisted the 40-year-old ex-Liverpool defender. "This is a great opportunity for one or two players to show what they can do."

Bayer face a tough week as they follow their trip to Paris with an away match at runaway Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich on Saturday, who are on a 49-match unbeaten league run.

My coaching career is not very long and this is the first time that I'm stuck in such a situation. Of course I've asked many people for advice as to what I can do.
Sami Hyypia

Hyypia has endured a nightmare month since his side last tasted victory with a 1-0 league win at Borussia Moenchengladbach on 7 February. Since then they suffered a shock DFB-Pokal defeat at home to second-division Kaiserslautern, which triggered a five-match losing streak and included the PSG loss.

Only Saturday's 1-1 draw at Hanover stopped the rot, but they have dropped to third in the Bundelsiga and now trail second-placed Borussia Dortmund by four points. Further defeats could see Leverkusen drop out of the Champions League berths.

"This is a good challenge for us to show we are strong," insisted Hyypia, who is in his debut season as a head coach. "My coaching career is not very long and this is the first time that I'm stuck in such a situation.

"Of course I've asked many people for advice as to what I can do. I want to develop myself and without this situation that development would progress slower."

Injury problems
At PSG, Hyypia will be without Germany midfielder Lars Bender, who has a leg injury, but should be back to face Bayern. Midfielder Jens Hegeler suffered a torn ankle ligament at Hanover and will likely miss the rest of the season. Centre-back Emir Spahic is suspended after being sent off in the first leg.

Winger Gonzalo Castro is set to fill Bender's defensive midfielder role, while 17-year-old Julian Brandt is set to start at right-back.