Three defeats, two serious injuries – a week for forgetting has left traces at Bayer Leverkusen. After the premature Europa League out of the Bundesliga third mentally struggled.
In the season final spurt of the Bundesliga, the Champions League return should now be saved – and without the key players Florian Wirtz and Jeremie Frimpong. “This is unfortunately our last competition. But I do not think so right now,” said Midfielder Robert Andrich on Thursday after the 0-1 (0: 0) against Atalanta Bergamo-sealed eighth finish-out.
On Sunday, Bayer must be in the duel of the factory clubs at the VfL Wolfsburg Ran. If the series continues from currently four winless compulsory matches, the fall threatens from the Champions League ranks. Even the entire Europapokal qualification was gradually in danger. Despite the high demands in Leverkusen, this is unthinkable. Because the past week looks after.
Diederange against Bergamo
The weak 2: 3 in the eighth-final first leg in Bergamo followed the bitter 0: 1 in the Bundesliga neighborhood duel with the 1st FC Cologne and the double injury spoken of Wirtz (Crossband Rise) and Frimpong (Syndesmoseriss).
Even without the two and the continued injured scorer Patrik Schick (calving injury) succeeded in the second leg against Bergamo on Thursday offensively although a lot. Effectively, the Werkself was not – far too little at any rate to turn the 2: 3 out of the first leg and thus the lousy mood. “Very disappointing” called defender Jonathan Tah’s result. And Andrich scolded, “I annoyed me trim and am very eaten.”
Bayer squad under shock
The Elan and Gambling Wait of Wirtz and, above all, the cold snopism Schick’s lacked against Bergamo at all corners and ends. While the Czech attacker will soon be available again, Wirtz and Frimpong will not come back this season. This not only means athletic a heavy handicap, also mentally it becomes a stress test.
The season from the two absolute power carriers has shocked the rest of the squad, which was also reflected on Thursday. Before the game, all Leverkusener with Jerseys and the name of the injured players started warming up. “As a team we think of them and feel with them,” said Tah, who also warned, “We have to keep our focus and shake off that very quickly.”
Because even in the league Bayer is under pressure from the Derby bankruptcy against Cologne. In view of only one point lead to the same three pursuers, the seasonal goal of Champions League qualification in acute danger. Right now, coach Gerardo Seoane needed qualities, which he recently addressed himself. “We were not ripped off in the end,” said the Swiss now after the Europa League out.