Bayer Leverkusen Dominates Bochum with Schick's Hat-Trick, Maintains Top Spot in Bundesliga

Bayer Leverkusen secured their position at the top of the Bundesliga standings with a resounding 4-0 victory over Bochum at the BayArena on Thursday, December 21, 2023. The team's 13th win of the season was highlighted by striker Patrik Schick's hat-trick, which included a penalty kick in the 30th minute, a left-footed shot in the 32nd minute, and a header in the 45th minute. Nigerian forward Victor Boniface also contributed a goal in the 61st minute. With this win, Leverkusen now has 42 points, four points ahead of second-placed Bayern Munich, who have played one game less. Leverkusen's unbeaten run of 25 games since the start of the season is a new Bundesliga record.

Xabi Alonso, Leverkusen's head coach, has transformed the team from a relegation candidate to an unbeaten Bundesliga leader in just over a year since taking over. Leverkusen's success this season can be attributed to their solid defense, which has conceded only 10 goals in 16 games, and their potent attack, which has scored 38 goals, the most in the league. Schick, who has scored 14 goals in 16 games, has been a key player for Leverkusen this season.

Leverkusen's next game will be against Eintracht Frankfurt on January 7, 2024, after the winter break. Schick expressed his happiness with the team's performance and urged his teammates to continue playing well in the new year. With Leverkusen's current form, they are well-positioned to challenge for the Bundesliga title this season.

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