Bayer Leverkusen is a challenger to FC Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga

Leverkusen plays on an equal footing in the duel with Bayern. Image: dpa

Bayer impressed in Munich. Only autumn looks rather poor internationally for the currently most attractive German team. It’s against Häcken, Molde and Qarabağ instead of against Real or at least Milan.

There can be no doubt that a lot of things are falling into place at Bayer Leverkusen this September. Xabi Alonso is an excellent coach who has developed a fairly perfectly balanced squad into a team that fascinates the public. The sports director has done almost everything right recently, also because the club has gotten through the adversity of the pandemic well thanks to lucrative player sales and is currently doing well: they defended their lead in the table with a strong performance in the 2-2 draw in Munich.

But that was probably all the magic for now. Because some forces in the Leverkusen space-time continuum have made a strange mistake. A year ago, a completely unsettled Werkself played in the Champions League without joy or inspiration and at times seemed completely out of place.


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