We went there: Bosz Ball thriving in Leverkusen

Peter Bosz’s return was met with some skepticism after the troubled campaign in Dortmund in 2017. However, his philosophy has translated into results and put Leverkusen back in contention for European competition with a 2-0 victory over Fortuna Düsseldorf.

Sometimes the best defense is a great offense, as Leverkusen kept possession for nearly 80 percent of the match. Düsseldorf was kept to just three shots for the entire 90 minutes, none of which threatened the goal. Meanwhile, Kai Havertz put a Kevin Volland cross into the ack of the net in the 18th minute and Leon Bailey tapped a rebound back into the net, where it belonged. The uptempo pace and gegenpressing kept Leverkusen on the attack for much of the match.

MatchDay photof by the talented @Kai_Dambach

Line-ups:

Fortuna Düsseldorf: Drobny, Zimmer (Barkok, 27‘), Hoffmann, Kaminski, Suttner (Raman, 64‘), Zimmermann, Morales, Lukebakio, Fink (C, Kownacki, 75‘), Giesselmann, Karaman

Unused subs: Theissen, Duksch, Hennings, Bormuth

Coach: Friedhelm Funkel

Bayer Leverkusen: Hradecky, Weiser, Tah, Dragovic, Wendell, Haverz, Aranguiz, Brandt (Baumgartlinger, 80‘), Bellarabi (Alario, 15‘), Volland (C, Paulinho, 89‘), Bailey

Unused subs: Özcan, Thelin, Jedvaj, Kohr

Coach: Peter Bosz

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