Not really a surprise that we drew 1-1 against Bayern with Jupp Heynckes: 😉
2009/2010, Fixture 30: Bayer Leverkusen – FC Bayern Munich 1:1
2009/2010, Fixture 13: FC Bayern Munich – Bayer Leverkusen 1:1
That’s why I said in the preview of this game: “I don’t see us losing this match!”
We know how to play against these “strong teams” and neutralise them. Bayern has not played well this season but they have improved in the last games. Especially on the goal scoring side (3 against Nürnberg, 3 against Mönchengladbach, 3 against Cluj in the Champions League, 4 against Freiburg) with Mario Gómez scoring 7 goals in the last 4 games mentioned above.
I wouldn’t say that we achieved yesterday an excellent result. We can live with it despite losing the 2nd place to Mainz, while Bayern who are now 14 points behind Dortmund cannot.
Jupp Heynckes made 2 changes to the team that played against St.Pauli: Hyypiä and Derdiyok moved in for the suspended Reinartz and the lately disappointing Helmes (was not happy after the match and said to the press: “The coach hardly talks to me and he doesn’t measure my performances right in light of the others players.”). Heynckes declared in the press conference prior to the match that Derdiyok would be included in the squad, however he gave no hints that he would be ready to play from the beginning. Always good for a surprise!
2 minutes into the game, Schweinsteiger should have put Bayern ahead but his goal was wrongly disallowed for offside. The match was entertaining right from the beginning as both teams played aggressive and pressured their opponent up-field. This led to mistakes in the build-up which were then often followed by goal scoring opportunities. Bayern was overall the better team in the first 20 minutes as Leverkusen decided to play this phase with an cautious approach. With more offensive courage the team from Leverkusen improved and could have scored in the 21st minute when Sidney Sam hit only the crossbar or in the 32nd minute when Butt saved a good attempt on goal by Arturo Vidal inside the area.
But it was Bayern who scored shortly after (34 min.) in a well-played attack over the right side with Müller and Schweinsteiger setting up an easy goal for Gómez. M.Friedrich failed to cover the striker of German-Spanish descent. 😦
The Werkself stayed cool after the goal and just seconds before half-time Sidney Sam provoked a penalty which Arturo Vidal converted to even the score again.
The second half began as usual, Bayer 04 decided to wait and focus on defense. This seems to be part of our tactics, play economically the first 15-20 minutes of the second half to save energy for our powerplay later near the end. Bayern had difficulties translating their dominant posession into goal opportunities as our defense did a better job in the second half then in the first. Ribery’s substitution did not change this situation, Gonzalo Castro had him under control like in previous encounters. In the last 20 minutes Bayer 04 pushed forward for a winner but did not hit a lucky strike. Bayern had also a good chance by Gómez right at the end but his header went over René Adler’s goal and therefore both teams earned just a point in this top-match of the 13th Fixture.
Ok let’s start with the negative:
–Another set-piece goal: 8 of the last 9 goals in the Bundesliga have been scored in this manner. Where are the goals after great combinations? No criticism on set-pieces they are working well. Penalties are also shot by Vidal with no discussion. We need to find however a better balance.
–Strikers fail to convince: Yesterday Derdiyok, before that Helmes. The goals arise from an set-piece, midfielder or are just pushed over the line by the striker. I miss the great moments of Derdiyok and Helmes.
– Going behind in the score does not bother us!
– The coach has a bigger pool of available players: Renato Augusto, Hyypïa, Derdiyok and Gonzalo Castro have all recovered recently from their injuries. This is good for the sprint till the winter break: Hoffenheim, Rosenborg, Cologne, Hamburg, Atletico and Freiburg. This is the programme for the next 29 days
58 min. Castro for Schwaab
80 min. Balitsch for Barnetta
90 +2 min. L. Bender for Renato Augusto
Substitutions Bayern Munich
61 min. Ribery for Tymoshchuk
Yellow cards: Castro and M. Friedrich (both Leverkusen); Lahm and Ribéry (both Bayern Munich)
0:1 Gómez (34 min.)
1:1 Vidal (45+2 min. penalty)
Statistics Leverkusen vs Bayern Munich
Posession: 40 % vs 60 %
Shots: 17 vs 8
Fouls: 25 vs 16
Corners: 4 vs 5
Offsides: 1 vs 4
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You can continue the positive/negative list! What do you expect from the Werkself till winter in their 4 Bundesliga and 2 Europa League games?