The downswing at Bayer Leverkusen continues. On Saturday there was a 0:3 (0:2) against TSG Hoffenheim, the third Bundesliga bankruptcy in a row.
Captain Lukas Hradecky and midfielder Robert Andrich discussed with the frustrated fans after the final whistle, the rest of the Bayer Leverkusen team stood at a suitable distance from the fans and watched helplessly.
“Frustration, disappointment and unhappiness run through our heads,” said defender Jonathan Tah sky. After three Bundesliga bankruptcies in a row, the factory club continues to grace the bottom of the table, the 0: 3 (0: 2) against TSG Hoffenheim matched the last appearances.
Harmless, without ideas – and further without a point. That’s the conclusion from Leverkusen’s point of view. “We need more leadership from everyone. A few percent were missing everywhere, Hoffenheim were always a step faster. Each of us could do more, we didn’t do that,” Tah summed up.
In the fourth competitive game of the season, it was Leverkusen’s fourth defeat, something that has never happened before. Christoph Baumgartner (9th), Andrej Kramaric (35th) and Georginio Rutter (78th) scored the TSG goals.
Champions League participants Bayer also failed in the first round of the DFB Cup – the season has barely started when the highly rated Gerardo Seoane is already under pressure to explain.
Hoffenheim magic: “That was a great goal”
On the other hand, Hoffenheim celebrated their threesome in the BayArena in front of the few fans who had traveled with them. The hit was Baumgartner’s hack goal. “My back is to goal and I didn’t have that many options. That was a great goal,” said the scorer sky. Kevin Vogt added: “We came here to win. Everyone believes in it and everyone acts like it.”
The early stages against Hoffenheim became the blueprint for this young season for Bayer: Bayer started well, but after just over half an hour the score was 2-0. Because Leverkusen did little, but the opponent everything.
Moussa Diaby steered towards the opponent’s goal early on with plenty of space, but let the angle become a little too acute and failed at Oliver Baumann (7th). Just two minutes later, the guest scored, it was a “that too” moment for the Bayer fans: Baumgartner completed the back-heel.
From now on, TSG stood deep and hardly did anything for the game, but Bayer often tried too hard and rarely got through. Then Ozan Kabak had a lot of time on the right, Bayer goalkeeper Hradecky ran under the cross and Kramaric only had to push in.
At least once before the break things went well for Bayer. The supposed 0:3 by Robert Skov didn’t count due to a foul, the video assistant helped with the decision. Rutter then made everything clear for the Kraichgau team, who could rightly celebrate.
Bayer Leverkusen – TSG Hoffenheim: The voices of the game
Gerardo Seoane (Bayer Leverkusen manager): “The defeat is absolutely fine. We made too many mistakes moving forward, we also lacked the toughness and the right bite. Today you saw the difference between a team that is unsure and one that is self-confident. Football lives from State of mind. It’s a difficult moment for us as a club and for me personally. We’re all in the same boat, that’s important now: self-criticism, standing together, looking ahead.”
Andre Breitenreiter (TSG Hoffenheim coach): “We were very good in the game from the start, the win is well deserved. We didn’t want to let Leverkusen get into the game so that they couldn’t ignite any new euphoria in their current stressful moment. I won’t express myself in superlatives now. We’re in process and are on the right track. If we continue like this, then we will have more successes.”
Bayer Leverkusen – TSG Hoffenheim: The data for the game