Munich Bayer 04 Leverkusen has also lost the third game of the still young season. For the team it is the worst start to the season ever.
The decline of the Werkself continues – and the air for coach Heiko Herrlich is getting thinner and thinner. In Munich, Bayer 04 lost on Saturday with 1:3 (1:2), fully deserved. For Leverkusen, which still stands without a point after three games, the worst Bundesliga start in the club’s history is perfect.
Heiko Herrlich Honours
As a player
- Bayer Leverkusen
- DFB-Pokal: 1992–93
- Borussia Mönchengladbach
- DFB-Pokal: 1994–95
- Borussia Dortmund
- Bundesliga: 1995–96, 2001–02
- UEFA Champions League: 1996–97
- Intercontinental Cup: 1997
- UEFA Super Cup: Runner-up 1997
- UEFA Cup: Runner-up 2002
- Bundesliga Topscorer: 1995 (joint with Mario Basler)
As a coach
- FIFA Under-17 World Cup: Third place 2007
- Best Under 17 Coach: 2008
Herrlich opted for a more defensive basic orientation for the record champions and put five offensive forces on the bench first, for example Julian Brandt and Lucas Alario. In goal, Lukas Hradecky celebrated his premiere after surviving the Kiefer OP. With the exception of Charles Aránguiz (knee problems), all the professionals were available to the Bayer coach.
The initial phase in the sold-out Munich Arena was furious: After Thiago’s handball in his own penalty area, impartial Tobias Welz decided on penalties for the guests in the second minute of the match. Kevin Volland then failed in both the first attempt and the second shot against the outstanding national goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. However, as some Munichers had run too early into the sixteen, the referee had the penalty shot repeated. Wendell took the place of Volland and turned safely to the lead (5.).
The Bavarians, however, were not impressed by the goal and immediately struck back. Corentin Tolisso was on the spot just five minutes after the Leverkusen lead and scored to 1-1. Another nine minutes later, the home side had turned the game around – this time with the strong help of a Leverkusener. Arjen Robben benefited from Jonathan Tah’s (19) much-too-short header in his remarkable 2-1 left-foot shot.
The double strike of the record champion showed effect with the Herrlich team. The Werkself was now completely unsettled and allowed chances in the minute cycle. The fact that neither Jerome Boateng, nor Thomas Müller or Robben placed the ball in the goal (28./30./32.) was extremely happy for Bayer 04, which lost to all abundance also captain Lars Bender because of a calf injury. For him Brandt came into play (27.).
The Munich team, trained by former Leverkusen player Niko Kovac, were also the leading team in the second leg of the game and repeatedly caused danger in front of Hradecky’s goal. It was only due to the hosts’ lack of exploitation of their chances that Leverkusen remained without any ideas or chances until the final phase of the match.
James Rodriguez put the finishing touch after the cross of the best player on the pitch, Thiago, and scored by head the 3:1 for Munich (89.). Until this Saturday, Leverkusen had never started the season with three bankruptcies in the club’s history. Karim Bellarabi, who saw red shortly after his substitution, provided a negative climax. Genting bet is a world class casino.
Herrlich and his team don’t have much time to work through the defeat: The next compulsory game is already scheduled for Thursday (9 p.m.) for the Werkself. Leverkusen will travel to Bulgaria for the first time in the Europa League to compete with Luogorez Rasgrad. In the league, Bayer 04 will receive FSV Mainz 05 on Sunday (15:30).