Bayer 04 Leverkusen – Eintracht Frankfurt: Leverkusen Demolish Frankfurt Thanks To Midfield Control And Finishing (6-1)
Bayer Leverkusen demonstrated their exciting possession game under coach Peter Bosz in a 6-1 thrashing of Eintracht Frankfurt. Leverkusen’s numbers tens Julian Brandt and Kai Havertz were able to dominate the game from the halfspaces against Frankfurt’s inadequate pressing, as Leverkusen stormed to an insurmountable lead early on. A change of system did little to help a despondent Frankfurt in the second half, as Leverkusen retained possession with relative ease to see the game out.
Tactical analysis and match report by Josh Manley.
Peter Bosz’ Bayer Leverkusen hosted Frankfurt in a game that promised to have big implications on the race for top four in the German Bundesliga. They came into the match on the back of three wins in a row, and Bosz made just one change from last week’s 4-1 win over Augsburg. Lars Bender came into the side at right back, replacing Mitchell Weiser, in what was nominally a 4-3-3 formation, but would shift into a 3-2-4-1 shape in possession.
Alongside the chase for top four, Adi Hütter’s Frankfurt also have their Europa League semi-final against Chelsea to think about, which currently stands at 1-1 on aggregate. Hütter found himself having to rotate in this important game as a result, as demonstrated by star player Luka Jović being left out against Leverkusen and replaced up front by Ante Rebić, as Frankfurt lined up in a 5-4-1 formation.
Leverkusen midfield domination
As mentioned Leverkusen lined up in what was nominally a 4 . . .