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from Reuters Soccer Blog:

No name calling just yet please, say Leverkusen

So they lost their first match of the season and dropped back three points from the top.

Big deal says Bayer Leverkusen coach Jupp Heynckes after their 3-2 loss to Nuremberg on Sunday. He is quick to reject any of the tags that Leverkusen have had to deal with for much of the past 15 years, like "Neverkusen" and "Vizekusen".

"That is irritating, but I cannot defend myself against such voices," Heynckes said of the nicknames that are now more frequently used in the media following the first defeat.

"What exactly happened here?", he told reporters on Monday. "Nothing. We were top of the table until the 24th matchday and then we just lost one match because we were not well positioned in our defence."