Schurrle hopes for settled Leverkusen
Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Andre Schurrle hopes yesterday's 4-1 win over Augsburg will bring a bit of peace and quiet to the club after weeks of turbulence.
Michael Ballack and Robin Dutt have both been under scrutiny, while the conduct of several players at the end of the midweek defeat to Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League has also been criticised.
Schurrle admits he never expected such a scenario when he joined the club from Mainz last summer, and he hopes it will soon settle down.
"When I joined Leverkusen, they were regarded as a quiet club," he said. "I thought it would be very peaceful here, the complete opposite of how things currently are.
"The newspapers are climbing over themselves to invent new stories which have nothing to do with football.
"That is getting on the team's nerves and it is unsettling us and the fans are becoming unhappy too. Things need to settle down again here quickly."
Dutt, who left the peaceful surroundings of the Black Forest and Freiburg last summer, says it is up to the team to restore tranquillity.
"The expectations are high here and if people are not happy, then we must ask ourselves what we can do better," he told Sky. "We are doing that and that should be assessed and nothing else."