VfL Wolfsburg – Bayer 04 Leverkusen: A Game Played In Such A High Tempo That It Was Tiring To Look At (0-3)
Transition after transition after transition. Both Bayer Leverkusen and Wolfsburg wanted to press the opponent and play a direct brand of football in possession. It resulted in a game with an extremely high tempo, even for Bundesliga standards. After the dust had settled, Bayer Leverkusen took home the three points, as they had been slightly better, and slightly more lucky.
Tactical analysis and match report by Erik Elias.
One of the most entertaining aspects of the Bundesliga is how narrow the margins between clubs in the top half of the table are. Last season, the difference between finishing third or seventh in the Bundesliga was four points.
At the moment, closely behind Bayern Munich, Dortmund and the surprising Borussia Mönchengladbach, a slew of clubs is jostling for the places that grant European football at the end of the season. Every week, two or three matches between clubs from his hyper-competitive pack of clubs take place and it is always very hard to predict the outcome.
Every manager needs wins, but no manager needs them more than a manager who has just arrived at a club. Leverkusen lost their first match under the reign of Peter Bosz against Borussia Mönchengladbach last week, and Bayern Munich are coming to town next week. This match almost served as a ‘must-win’ for Leverkusen.
Bosz decided to field the same starting eleven as last week, in the same formation, his nominal 4-3-3 shape. Aranguíz as the lone holding midfielder, Julian Brandt and Kai Havertz as . . .