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
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