Bayer Leverkusen – Bayern Munich: Wasteful Leverkusen Unable To Prevent Bayern From Doing The Double (2-4)
A dominant first half display helped Bayern Munich seize the advantage, but second half changes from Peter Bosz saw Bayer Leverkusen pose serious problems for the champions. However, Leverkusen were unable to press their advantage, as poor finishing saw them concede the DFB-Pokal in a game that should have been a more even contest.
Tactical analysis and match report by Manasvin Andra.
As unlikely as it may seem, the truth is that Bayern Munich were in trouble during the initial stages of the 2019/20 season. The problems that had previously afflicted the squad continued to persist, and an ageing squad needed rejuvenation and fresh leadership. With names like Mauricio Pochettino and Erik Ten Hag doing the rounds, it seemed as though Hansi Flick would only serve in an interim capacity. Yet it is Flick who has been Bayern’s guiding light since his appointment, and he has restored Bayern to the top after embarking on an unbeaten run post football’s resumption.
For this final, Flick picked the XI that has most defined Bayern’s post-COVID season, with a defense comprising Benjamin Pavard, Jérôme Boateng, David Alaba and Alphonso Davies protecting Manuel Neuer in goal. Ahead of them sat the pivot of Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka. As usual, Robert Lewandowski led the line for the champions, supported by the trio of Kingsley Coman, Thomas Müller and Serge Gnabry.
With Leverkusen slipping to fifth following their unsuccessful attempt to secure Champions League football, the final was a chance to end their season on a high. Peter Bosz picked his side accordingly, as goalkeeper Lukáš Hrádecký was protected by a defense of Lars Bender, Sven Bender, Edmond Tapsoba and . . .