Individual criticism of the great game: In the Leverkusen debacle there were eight triples from Bayern's stars

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FC Bayern falls 3-0 against Bayer Leverkusen. In the main game, Munich's defense seemed overwhelmed and the offense seemed desperate. Accordingly, say hello to five. Bayern stars in the individual analysis.

The duel between the leader of the league, also a challenger, and the second, champion of the series FC BayernIt was more one-sided and clearer than expected: 3:0!

Bayer Leverkusen achieved an important victory at the start of the fight for the Bundesliga title , barely gave the Munich team a chance. Of all the players, Josip Stanisic, on loan from Bayern, scored 1-0 (18th). Spanish people Grimaldo increased the score to 2-0 (50th). In added time Frimpong made it 3-0. In addition to the 2-2 draw in the first leg, Leverkusen and coach Xabi Alonso earned four points against FCB.

Bayern coach Thomas Tuchel opted for a three-man chain, a different system and some players in unknown positions (Boey, Mazaroui). Is it too good or bad? Leverkusen now has a five-point lead after 21 rounds: a preliminary decision?

Bayern's defense overwhelmed in Leverkusen

MANUEL NEUER – NOTE 4: The captain's involvement (knee injury) only became clear after Friday's successful final training session. Powerless when Stanisic fired a free shot to make it 1-0 for the locals, and he also had no chance to defend himself when Grimaldo made it 0-2. Positive: Good aerial save over the crossbar when Tah headed in (23'). Partially unsure about passports.

NOUSSAIR MAZRAOUI – NOTE 5: Otherwise, right back, this time a lane player on the right wing wanting to attack. But is that his role? The Moroccan was too timid and indecisive in the duels. He was supposed to support Sané on the right wing, but the combination didn't fit. Left back since minute 60. Solid, nothing more.

DAYOT UPAMECANO – NOTE 3: Right part of the three-man chain and that after a break of two and a half weeks due to injury (muscle fiber tear). He received a pass from Andrich between his legs before the score was 0-1. He made up for his positional error in the running duel with Leverkusen left back Adli with a brave intervention (danger of emergency brake!). But: he lost the ball before 0-2. Substituted in the 60th minute.

ERIC DIER – NOTE 3: After two games in the starting eleven, Kane's friend has established himself. The British centre-back, who arrived from Tottenham Hotspur in January, was preferred to Matthijs de Ligt. He directed the chain, he solidly cleared what needed to be cleared. The 30-year-old made up for his lack of speed with good positional play.

New signing Boey is disappointed; Returning Minjae Isn't Sure Either

MINJAE KIM – NOTE 5: Only on Wednesday did they return from the Asian Cup and were eliminated in the semi-finals with South Korea. He acted as the left part of the three-man chain and therefore often had to deal with Bayer Tella's right winger. He seemed insecure and had trouble adjusting; It is not surprising, since he played his last game for Bayern in December. I tried to advance a lot, but there was only one attempt left.

SACHA BOEY – NOTE 5: He celebrated it against Gladbach (3-1). French, 30 million euro transfer from Galatasaray Istanbul, his debut in the Bayern shirt as a substitute. At Leverkusen, the 23-year-old, who was brought in as a right-back (!), was allowed to play as a left-back from the start. Offensively good, defensively overwhelmed. He arrived too late for Stanisic's goal. An uncertainty factor. More consistent than he was allowed to do his job as a right back after the first changes.

Bayern's midfield falters without Kimmich

ALEKSANDAR PAVLOVIC – NOTE 4: The Munich player remained in the starting eleven, although Joshua Kimmich (shoulder injury) returned to team training. The 19-year-old has a real test in his tenth league match against Xhaka & Co. Clean, agile, but not very dominant. Too passive in creating Grimaldo's 0:2. He had to make way for Kimmich in the 60th minute.

LEÓN GORETZKA – NOTE 5: As it worked well with Pavlovic against Gladbach, Tuchel relied on the duo with Goretzka as leader and driver. He was supposed to progress more as an offensive six, but he didn't make it. Too little drive, too little courage. Once briefly tangled with Sané (20). He had to go down in the 71st minute.

Bayern's offense is invisible: Kane completely disconnects

JAMAL MUSIALA – NOTE 5: The creative head of Bayern's attack could hardly overcome his rapid dribbling and often got tangled and lost. It was difficult, but compared to Leverkusen DFB-The young Wirtz does not influence the game much. Tuchel wanted Musiala to be “Man of the Match”.

LEROY SANÉ – NOTE 5: He almost disappeared in the first half, without creative forward moves, he couldn't pass, the relationship with Mazraoui was not good. I tried a lot, often getting stuck in a crowd of opponents. He seemed upset and dissatisfied. Ridiculous turnovers, frustrating fouls.

HARRY KANE – NOTE 5: 24 Bundesliga-Goals in 20 games, but in Leverkusen more was demanded of him because he was a player with great aerial ability and defensive work in his own area. He did not stand out offensively, he did not register at all: only seven ball actions in the first half. After the break, the same dilemma. A total of 16 ball actions. Disconnected.

Not even Tuchel's joker changes things

JOSHUA KIMMICH – NOTE 4: He must have been boiling inside because he didn't come on until the 60th minute, apart from the possible pain from his shoulder injury. He tried to take over the game as a six and bring a new structure. His standards also did not cause any danger.

THOMAS MÜLLER – NOTE 4: The veteran Bayern player was once again just a joker and was only allowed to intervene (60') when the score was 0-2. He received plenty of instructions from Tuchel before being substituted and acted as an attacking free spirit behind Kane. But he didn't really come into play in any action.

MATHYS TEL – NOTE 5: Bayern's top joker in the first half of the season, but without scoring since October. He took the position of left back, some dribbles and tackles, a shot on goal that went wide. Committed, but without fortune. I couldn't change things either.

RAPHAEL GUERREIRO – NO NOTE: He Portuguese He replaced Boey in the 80th minute, assuming the right-back position as a left-footed player. Without effect.

ERIC MAXIM CHOUPO-MOTING – NO NOTE: Tuchel's last offensive wildcard (from the 80th minute for Musiala). He should contribute his header strength as a second striker. But this did not happen.

By Patrick Strasser

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