Bayer Leverkusen started the season very successfully under the new coach Gerardo Seoane and took first place with a win on Sunday in the top game against Bayern. The Werkself are already at the forefront in some very special areas.
Bayer coach Gerardo Seoane is aiming for the top of the table. His team is already leading in some areas.
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In the BayArena on Sunday, the two teams who prove to be particularly determined near the opposing goal will meet. Leverkusen only needed 4.8 shots on goal per goal this season, Bayern 5.4. No other Bundesliga team has such a good rate as the two top clubs.
At the top game in Leverkusen, the two previously outstanding solo artists in the league who are most often looking for dribbling will also meet. Leverkusen’s Moussa Diaby has started 43 solo attempts so far, Alphonso Davis 40. The success rate of the Leverkusen player is 51 percent, that of the Bayern professional a strong 75 percent.
The top two teams in the league are also great for the number of minutes they have been in the lead this season. The Werkself have even surpassed the industry leaders in this area. Bayer Leverkusen were 410 minutes ahead this season, which is the best way in the league, followed by Bayern with 349 minutes.
And by the way, the two teams that have played the least foul so far also meet in Leverkusen: Bayern are currently on 57 fouls, Leverkusen on 62. In addition, a curious record: Bayer Leverkusen has played the fewest duels in the league so far, namely only 701
History: Bayer did not manage to win a “top game” for 24 years
Of course, Bayer is fond of remembering particularly spectacular victories over the old adversary, such as November 1, 1986, when Christian Hausmann played the game of his life in Munich. The lightning-fast striker attacked Bayern enormously and scored to 2-0, Falko Götz had previously taken the lead and was also responsible for the 3-0 final score. “That”, cheered Hausmann at the time, “was a creamy day for all of us.”
On March 9, 1997, another Leverkusen man had a sensational day and even gave the German record champions three goals. Coach Christoph Daum surprisingly ordered Markus Feldhoff into the starting line-up, and the striker experienced his personal highlight with three goals at 5: 2. Leverkusen thus caused Bayern’s only defeat in 1996/97, but the championship trophy nevertheless went to Munich.
However, this was the Werkself’s last win over Bayern when both were among the top three in the league. This great moment was 24 years ago, since then the Leverkusen-based team has never won against Bayern when both teams were in the first three places.
Zé Roberto praises Leverkusen – and tends to bet on Bavaria
And who is the favorite this time? “Neither team,” says Zé Roberto, who used to play for both clubs. The Brazilian predicts “a draw or a Bayern win”, but praises Leverkusen in the highest tones: “I like Leverkusen’s brave, fast, offensive game. I really enjoy Bayer, and that’s also thanks to coach Seoane, who bravely lets play” , said Zé Roberto in an interview with kicker (Thursday edition).
Finally, let’s take another look at the numbers: Last season there was this duel first against second in reverse order. Bayern won on matchday 13 against the undefeated leaders Leverkusen 2-1 and took the lead. Leverkusen slipped slightly and ended the season in 6th place.