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27.01.2019Bundesliga

What the papers say: 'New system fits like a glove'

The media are of one voice after the 3-0 win for the Werkself at Wolfsburg and they credit Bayer 04 with a deserved win with plenty of stand-out performances in the team. That includes Kai Havertz, Charles Aránguiz and Karim Bellarabi: According to the reports, there are many reasons for the Leverkusen victory. Read on to see what the papers say:
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The online edition of the Rheinische Post reports: "Bayer Leverkusen have set a record against VfL Wolfsburg. The team, now led by coach Peter Bosz, have scored at least one goal against the side from Lower Saxony in the last 33 games in succession since 2003. That is the longest run for one team against another in the history of the league. But that was not the only reason why the 3-0 win is important for the Werkself. The three points bring the Europa League participants a bit closer to the desired  European qualifying positions."

The individual analysis of both Charles Aránguiz ("Ball winner and playmaker in one person") and Karim Bellarabi ("Outstanding man in the first half. His defensive sprints were also impressive as they broke up Wolfsburg counter-attacks early. A brilliant performance even without scoring a goal") earned them top marks.

The Bild Zeitung headline reads "Bosz turns Jogi lads into bosses" and the paper picks out two other match-winners: "Top talents turn into young bosses! Leverkusen win for the first time under new coach Peter Bosz (55), celebrating a convincing 3-0 away win at Wolfsburg. The Bosz system is having its first effects – also because the Dutchman has made two Jogi lads into bosses! The international players Kai Havertz (19) and Julian Brandt (22/150th Bundesliga game) play in the number eight position behind the strikers in Bosz's 4-3-3 formation. In that position they are playmaker and ball winner at the same time – one of the most important roles in the team. Bosz sacrificed first team regulars Kohr and Baumgartlinger for the duo. Sporting director Simon Rolfes (37): 'They are good roles for their development. Both are very good on the ball and the positions suit them.' Look at the performances! Havertz and Brandt are convincing up front (both scored) and in defence (both ran more than 12 kilometres). And Germany coach Jogi Löw (58) will be happy with the development of his rising stars.“

The Welt am Sonntag also identifies the influence of the new coach in the headline: "Leverkusen already show the influence of Bosz“.

The Cologne-based Express  writes: "This time Bayer 04 Leverkusen  are rewarded for their all-out football: After the Werkself were guilty of squandering great chances in the 1-0 defeat against Borussia Mönchengladbach, they were better this time at Wolfsburg. The 3-0 victory at VfL not only gave Peter Bosz his first win as Bayer coach but also brings Leverkusen within one point of the Europa League places."

The assessment in the online edition of the Kölner Stadt Anzeiger : "Bayer 04 Leverkusen have proved that the impression after the 1-0 defeat against Borussia Mönchengladbach in the opening game of the second half of the season was not an optical illusion. The ideas of Peter Bosz suit this talented team very well and this time they did not forget to score goals in spite of a number of clear missed chances. This puts them back in touch with the European qualification places."

The report also includes the assessment "That was good": "The ease that Bayer 04 showed in playing the attacking system of the new coach Peter Bosz. Nothing looked accidental or premature. Leverkusen always played their way out of the tightest of spaces and against tough pressing. The system with five potential attacking, and predominantly fast, players, who are also expected to show discipline in their defensive work, fits this team like a glove."

The Kicker sums up the 90 minutes at Wolfsburg as follows : "Leverkusen recorded the first victory in the second game under new coach Peter Bosz. Bayer were again very attacking at Wolfsburg, created a number of chances and in the end deservedly won 3-0. The Wolves were unlucky that their goal to reduce the deficit was ruled out due to a very marginal offside."

With the disallowed goal by Wolfsburg's Steffen, the Kölner Stadt Anzeiger comes to an equally striking as amusing conclusion: "TV images with calibrated lines showed that Steffen was only just offside. As this recognised means of support applies and offside and not offside are not seen in the same relationship as pregnant or not pregnant then the decision was valid in spite of all the nitpicking."“

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