Bayern Munich – Bayer Leverkusen: Clinical Leverkusen Absorb Numerous Hits And Counters For The Win (1-2)
An unfortunate Bayern Munich side failed to convert an impressive amount of chances, falling to Leverkusen’s clinical finishing and incisive counterattacking. Bayern’s directness formed their main source of creation, yet at the same time it formed the base for their defeat.
Tactical analysis and match report by Kareem Bianchi.
Few leagues get as close and competitive as the Bundesliga does. Ever since Pep Guardiola departed Munich, the German top flight has seen genuine contenders arise season after season. First RB Leipzig and then Borussia Dortmund put up strong tests for Bayern Munich, exposing Bayern’s decline from their past dominance.
This season, Kovač’s sacking exposed the transitioning period Bayern Munich are going through, raising their contenders’ hopes when it comes to finally putting their hands on the title. Julian Nagelsmann’s RB Leipzig seized the opportunity and currently hold the first place, three points ahead of Bayern.
Meanwhile, Bayer Leverkusen may have expected to carry on their extraordinary streak since Bosz took over last season, but they have gone through ups and downs, preventing them from taking advantage of the current stalemate that have slowed down the pace of the Bundesliga’s elite teams. Before the clash with Bayern, Leverkusen sat in tenth place with the possibility to jump to seventh, only five points behind the league leaders.
Peter Bosz had to replace an unfit Kai Havertz for one of his side’s biggest matches so far, ahead of their encounter with Juventus that could define their Champions League season. In came Nadiem Amiri, in a triple supporting cast to Kevin Volland that included lightning pace on the flanks, in Leon . . .