Bayer Leverkusen – VfL Wolfsburg: Buzz-saw Wolfsburg cut through a weary Leverkusen (1-4)
A hapless and lethargic Bayer failed to match the intensity of Wolfsburg, whose defensive block and focused pressing produced a litany of dangerous counterattacks. Oliver Glasner’s side was the better team for all ninety minutes and walked away with a much deserved 1-4 win.
Match report and tactical analysis by K.T. Stockwell.
Bayer entered the Wolfsburg match riding a wave of confidence borne of their previous two fixtures, in which Peter Bosz’s side collected seven goals. Kai Havertz’s role in the false nine position A striker that constantly drops deep and plays like a number ten. proved crucial to his side’s success; the young German international picking up four goals in two games. Despite a convincing victory over Mönchengladbach over the weeked, Bosz moved away from the 3-4-3 formation to a 4-3-3 shape, while making two changes to his starting eleven: Daley Sinkgraven, who was ruled out due to injury was swapped with Wendell, while center-back Alexsander Dragović made way for Nadiem Amiri.
Wolfsburg, usually known for their intensity, were coming off an uncharacteristically acquiescent performance against Dortmund and were hoping for a quick recovery of their form having previously gone seven league matches without a loss. Glasner stuck with the . . .