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Leverkusen’s Statement Victory: Defeating FC Bayern 3-0 in Bundesliga Showdown

München – The duel between the league leader, also the challenger, and the runner-up, the series champion FC Bayern, was more one-sided and clearer than expected – 3-0!

In the early title showdown of the Bundesliga, Bayer Leverkusen achieved an important statement victory, leaving Munich hardly a chance. Of all people, Josip Stanisic, on loan from Bavaria, scored to make it 1-0 (18th), and Spaniard Grimaldo increased it to 2-0 (50th). In added time Frimpong made it 3-0. After the 2-2 draw in the first leg, Leverkusen and head coach Xabi Alonso won four points against FCB.

Bayern coach Thomas Tuchel had switched to a three-man chain, a different system and some players in unfamiliar positions (Boey, Mazaroui) – too much of a good or bad thing? Bayer is now five points ahead after 21 match days – a preliminary decision?

On Wednesday (9 p.m.) Bayern continue with the first leg of the round of 16 of the Champions League at Lazio Rome, a tricky task.

The grades for FC Bayern:

MANUEL NEUER – NOTE 4: The captain’s involvement (knee injury) was only clear after successful final training on Friday. Powerless when Stanisic shot in completely free to make it 1-0 for the hosts, also without a chance to defend when Grimaldo made it 0-2. Positive: A good flying save over the crossbar when Tah headed the ball (23′). Partly uncertain about passports.

NOUSSAIR MAZRAOUI – NOTE 5: Otherwise right-back, this time a rail player on the right wing with an offensive urge. But is that his role? The Moroccan is far too timid, indecisive in the running duels. Should support Sané on the right wing, the combination didn’t fit. Left-back from the 60th minute. Solid, nothing more.

DAYOT UPAMECANO – NOTE 3: Right part of the three-man chain and that after a two and a half week injury break (torn muscle fiber). Bad luck: Got Andrich’s pass through his legs before the score was 0-1. He made up for his positional error in the running duel with Leverkusen’s left winger Adli with courageous intervention (danger of emergency brake!). But: loss of ball before 0:2. Substituted in the 60th minute.

ERIC DIER – NOTE 3: After two games in the starting line-up, Kane’s buddy has established himself. The British central defender, who arrived from Tottenham Hotspur in January, was preferred over Matthijs de Ligt. Directed the chain, solidly cleared away what had to be cleared away. The 30-year-old made up for his lack of speed with good positional play.

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MIN-JAE KIM – NOTE 5: Only returned from the Asian Cup on Wednesday and was eliminated in the semi-finals with South Korea. Acted as the left part of the three-man chain and therefore often had to deal with Bayer right winger Tella. He seemed unsure and had problems adapting – no wonder, he played his last Bayern game in December. Tried to initiate a lot forward – kept trying.

SACHA BOEY – NOTE 5: The Frenchman, a 30 million euro transfer from Galatasaray Istanbul, celebrated his debut in the Bayern jersey as a substitute against Gladbach (3-1). In Leverkusen, the 23-year-old, who was bought as a right-back (!), was allowed to play as a left-wing player from the start. Offensively okay, defensively overwhelmed. Came way too late for Stanisic’s goal. A factor of uncertainty. More consistently than he was allowed to do his job as a right-back after the first changes.

FC Bayern’s midfield engine is stalling

ALEKSANDAR PAVLOVIC – NOTE 4: The Munich native remained in the starting line-up even though Joshua Kimmich (shoulder injury) was back in team training. The 19-year-old with a real test in his tenth league game against Xhaka & Co. Neat, snappy, but not very dominant. Too passive in the creation of the 0:2 by Grimaldo. Kimmich had to give way in the 60th minute.

LEON GORETZKA – NOTE 5: Because it worked well with Pavlovic against Gladbach, Tuchel relied on the duo with Goretzka as leader and driver. He was supposed to make more progress as a more attacking six, but he didn’t succeed. Too little drive, too little courage. Once briefly tangled with Sané (20th). Had to go down in the 71st minute.

Offensive completely canceled

JAMAL MUSIALA – NOTE 5: The creative head of Bayern’s attack could hardly get through with his fast dribbling and often got tangled and lost. It was difficult, but compared to Leverkusen’s DFB youngster Wirtz, it didn’t really shape the game. Tuchel wanted Musiala to be the “Man of the Match”.

LEROY SANÉ – NOTE 5: Almost disappeared in the first half, without any creative moves forward – couldn’t get through, the relationship with Mazraoui wasn’t right. Tried a lot, often got stuck in a crowd of opponents. Seemed annoyed and dissatisfied. Ridiculous ball losses, frustrating fouls.

HARRY KANE – NOTE 5: 24 Bundesliga goals in 20 appearances, but in Leverkusen he was required more as a player with strong aerial ability and defensive work in his own penalty area. Not put into the spotlight offensively, totally unregistered – only seven ball actions in the first half. After the break, the same dilemma. A total of 16 ball actions. Logged out.

Substitutes couldn’t provide any new impetus

JOSHUA KIMMICH – NOTE 4: Must have been seething inside because he didn’t come on until the 60th minute – apart from the possible pain from his shoulder injury. Tried to take over the game as a six and bring in new structure. His standards didn’t cause any danger either.

THOMAS MÜLLER – NOTE 4: Bayern’s veterans were once again only a joker and were only allowed to get involved (60′) when the score was 0-2. He received a lot of instructions from Tuchel before being substituted on and acted as an offensive free spirit behind Kane. But fans don’t really get involved in any action.

MATHYS TEL – NOTE 5: Bayern’s top joker in the first half of the season, but without a goal since October. Took the position as left winger, a few dribbles and tackles, a shot on goal that went wide. Committed, but without fortune. Couldn’t turn things around either.

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RAPHAEL GUERREIRO – OHNE NOTE: The Portuguese came on for Boey in the 80th minute and, as a left-footer, took over the right-back position. Without effect.

ERIC MAXIM CHOUPO-MOTING – OHNE NOTE: Tuchel’s last offensive joker (from the 80th minute for Musiala). Should bring in his header strength as a second tip. But this did not happen.

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2024-02-11 12:05:00
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