Half an hour Peter Bosz and Bayer Leverkusen could hope for a stunt against league-leader Bayern Munich. Two goals against just before half-time proved fatal for the team of the Dutch trainer, who lost 2-4.
Bosz had sent an attacking team onto the field, with only three defenders. "That may have looked brave," admitted the former trainer of Ajax, among others, at the press conference. "The team itself did not play brave enough. If you want to beat Bayern you have to dare to play football. We used the long ball too often."
Bayer still took the lead via Lucas Alario, but after just half an hour Kingsley equalized Coman. That 1-1 score seemed to take the rest, but Leon Goretzka and Serge Gnabry made it 1-3 just before half-time.
A triple intervention at half-time then did not prevent the home team from entering the game. "We can not afford to have two goals against such a top team just before half-time. After the break things went a little better, but perhaps that was also because Bayern put less pressure on us."
Bosz, who was unable to access his injured star player Kai Havertz, felt that too many players were not reaching their usual level. "And if that doesn't happen, you just can't beat Bayern. So we have to blame ourselves."
Florian Wirtz, only seventeen, took care of the 2-4 in the final phase. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Bosz sees Wirtz as a huge talent
The only airing point for the formation from Leverkusen was the performance of the teenager Florian Wirtz, who took the place of 2-4 as a substitute in the final phase. At 17 years and 34 days, he is the youngest ever goalscorer in the Bundesliga.
"It was initially a hard school for him today, as he lost the ball in his first four ball contacts," Bosz noted. "The pace is faster than he is used to, but he is smart and adaptable. He is a huge talent."
Due to the loss, Bosz's team remains fifth in the standings, with as many points as number four Borussia Mönchengladbach. Number three RB Leipzig, which also lost, has three more points.
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