Bayer 04 Leverkusen – Werder Bremen: Werder’s Attacks Expose Leverkusen’s Defensive Issues Under Bosz (1-3)
Werder were able to cause a lot of problems for Leverkusen with their intense press and good transitioning from defense to attack. The side of Peter Bosz were lacking in terms of defensive organization and could not create chances against Bremen’s passionate defensive approach. Although Leverkusen improved along the way, Werder could easily hurt Leverkusen on the counterattack and won this game.
Tactical analysis and match report by Max Bergmann.
Since Peter Bosz took over, Leverkusen made their way up from a lower region of the table up to the sixth place. To reach their main goal and qualify for a European competition, Leverkusen aimed at expanding their margin compared to one of their direct opponents in this battle - Werder Bremen. The latter side was still unbeaten in 2019, even though a lot those games ended up in draws. Therefore, Werder were in need of getting all three points here, to keep their chance on qualifying for the Europa League alive.
Leverkusen lined up in their typical 4-3-3 formation. The Dutch manager opted for pacy wingers in the form of Leon Bailey and Karim Bellarabi, instead of Kai Havertz, who had often filled in as right winger in previous weeks. Julian Brandt in central midfield was supposed to create chances for the wingers and striker Kevin Volland. In defense, Lars Bender replaced right back Mitchell Weiser, while Wendell started out as a left back.
In the first leg game against Leverkusen, Werder could not stop the opposition attackers and conceded six goals in their home stadium. Contrary to this match, Florian Kohfeldt chose to play with a back line of four instead of lining up with three central defenders. The . . .