Bayer Leverkusen – Eintracht Frankfurt: Lightning Quick Leverkusen Overwhelm Disjointed Eintracht In Dominant Display Of Attacking Ingenuity (4-0)
If there is one thing this match proved it is that Bayer Leverkusen belong in the category of teams contending for the Bundesliga title. Peter Bosz’s side have enjoyed an excellent run of form in recent times, and their sumptuous brand of football has seen them overwhelm opponents who arrive unprepared for the team’s dazzling offensive combinations and high press. Adi Hütter’s Eintracht Frankfurt were the latest to fall victim to this brilliant young team, as they were beaten 4-0 at the BayArena in Leverkusen.
Tactical analysis and match report by Manasvin Andra.
Peter Bosz made a handful of changes to the side that drew against RB Leipzig in their previous match. Leon Bailey, Kerem Demirbay, Exequiel Palacios, Lucas Alario and Nadiem Amiri made way for Moussa Diaby, Julian Baumgartlinger, Charles Aránguiz, Paulinho and Mitchell Weiser respectively. In an interesting switch, Bosz had his team line up in a 4-2-3-1 shape, with Kai Havertz furthest forward supported by the trio of Diaby, Paulinho and Karim Bellarabi.
Eintracht Frankfurt arrived as the clear underdogs for this fixture, as the team has struggled this season following the departures of last season’s strike trio of Ante Rebić, Sébastien Haller and Luka Jović. Hütter decided to make the switch to a four men defense after a sequence which saw them lose four games on the trot, though the approach has seen mixed results so far.
Intricate wing combinations see Leverkusen take control
Bosz’s switch to a 4-2-3-1 shape meant there was no place for Jonathan Tah. However his absence did not hurt the side . . .