Montag, 30. Januar 2023

Do not bury your head in the sand

The match statistics are only decisive in the subject of goals and there Dortmund has 2 and we 0. Unfortunately, it is of little use if we are ahead in all other match statistics: shots on goal 21 (Dortmund: 7), possession 57% (43%), duel rate 57% (43%) or pass rate 85% (81%).

The Werkself must not bury their heads in the sand after this home defeat. The season is still long enough and there are still plenty of chances to close the gap in front. In contrast to the fall, the relegation battle is no longer an issue. And the last few weeks have shown that it is possible. However, it would be important that Patrik Schick is quickly fit again. Our game would probably be a little more effective with a real center forward.

Friday we go directly to Augsburg. We've never lost there. And above all, it's about making up for the home defeat at the start of the Bundesliga, since it was Augsburg's first ever win over the Werkself. The following Saturday, the Bavarians then play host to Hoffenheim. Hopefully they won't fire their coach by then, that would probably make our lives a little easier. And we still have something to make up against Hoffenheim.

Donnerstag, 26. Januar 2023

Unspectacular victory against Bochum

From 15th to eighth place - in just five games. Bayer continues to climb up the Bundesliga table as its winning streak continued with a 2-0 victory over VfL Bochum. However, it is also a fact that the three-goal win over the relegation candidate was more of a work victory than a gala.

In contrast to the fall, however, it must also be noted that the team plays a game down more cleverly, but unfortunately not until the end. Against Gladbach, we led 3:0 and didn't finish the game confidently, and it could have been close again against Bochum.

At the end of the first half of the season, Leverkusen is now in eighth place and has its sights back on the international places. However, there is a gap at the top, as seventh place is five points away. This means that the disastrous start has been made up for quite well. However, it is important to stay on track and score more points on Sunday against Dortmund, which has also been unconvincing recently.

Montag, 23. Januar 2023

Gladbach suits us

The Werkself continued its upward trend with a 3-2 win at Borussia Mönchengladbach. At the end of Matchday 16, our team built up a 3-0 lead, but had to shiver at the end due to a late double strike by Borussia. From the black-and-red perspective, it was not only the points on this icy Sunday evening that were pleasing, but also the comeback of Flo Wirtz in a competitive match.

The decisive factor for the victory was clearly the fact that the Werkself's wing players had much more speed, so that the Gladbachers were clearly overwhelmed on one or two occasions. Player of the match for me was Amin Adli. The Frenchman was on the move with a lot of dynamism, also asserting himself against his opponents in tight spaces and showing a few nice feints in the process. He won a running duel against the almost helpless Nico Elvedi and scored the 2:0 goal. The 22-year-old also prepared the 3:0 goal.

However, the two goals conceded at the back also show that you have to be wide awake until the end. That can also go wrong against a stronger opponent. The three points are important, and on Wednesday against Bochum the Werkself must find its way back to its old home strength.

Sonntag, 13. November 2022

Reconciliatory

With a 2-0 home win against VfB Stuttgart, the year 2022 comes to an end for the Werkself, the last two match days of the first half of the season will then be played after the World Cup break in the second half of January. Nine points from the last three games, which few had expected after the games before. All in all, however, a conciliatory end to what was nevertheless a messed-up first half of the season.

Take a breather, and rebuild, that's the keyword for the next two months. Let's be surprised what will happen.

Donnerstag, 10. November 2022

Balm for the soul

Victories like the one in Cologne last night are balm for the soul. It's undisputed that the Werkself scored a lucky win in Cologne yesterday. But honestly, we've also had our share of bad luck this season, just think of the many goals we've conceded after penalties were awarded following VAR evidence, which were certainly not all justified. Be that as it may. Three points on the credit side with a derby win and a successful follow-up to the Union victory should give us the courage to successfully overcome the upcoming home game against Stuttgart.

Montag, 7. November 2022

Is the knot coming undone now?

We needed a game like yesterday's 5-0 home win against Union Berlin. This game, which was tough until halftime, can serve to loosen knots and look ahead again with more confidence. Sometimes you also need a little luck and mistakes by the opponent, but that's part of football.

I was still very disappointed at half-time and everyone in my block was of the opinion that the defense was standing though. But none of my stadium neighbors seriously believed that the offense would manage to make decisive stabs. But it all turned out differently, and that's how you see it: when things are going well, things that had gone wrong a hundred times before start to work. And then suddenly it's 5:0.

Now we can't rest: Wednesday in Cologne and then at home against Stuttgart. With two wins, we can join the midfield and then do our homework in the winter and push ahead with the rebuild.

The knot is a little looser, but not yet untied.

Mittwoch, 2. November 2022

The offense must now deliver

I can't share some of the comments about yesterday's - obviously boring - game against Bruges. Porto quickly took a 2-0 lead in the parallel game, so a draw would be enough for us to stay in the Europa League. And one thing was also clear, Brugge were sure to finish second and would have to net to progress as group winners and thus get the supposedly easier opponent in the next round and play away first. With this money shortage situation, you can't go all in, it's more about being defensively stable and holding the zero. And we succeeded in doing that.

Nevertheless, the Werkself must operate differently in the upcoming Bundesliga games. There's no doubt that the offense will be in demand. And the point is, of course, not to endanger defensive stability in the process.

Despite all this, the team must be significantly rebuilt in the winter to prevent the worst case in 2023. And realistically, last night was the last time for many years that we heard the Champions League anthem live in our stadium.

Do not bury your head in the sand

The match statistics are only decisive in the subject of goals and there Dortmund has 2 and we 0. Unfortunately, it is of little use if we a...