Wolfsburg / Leverkusen (dpa) – The man everyone was talking about after Bayer Leverkusen’s wicked Bundesliga opener didn’t have a nice Sunday night.
He didn’t even shoot on goal and was substituted at half time. Only: Kai Havertz was no longer there when the “Werkself” became 0-0 at VfL Wolfsburg. The German international was disappointed about 900 kilometers away in the 2-0 defeat of his new club Chelsea in the top match of the English Premier League against champions Liverpool.
Bayer Leverkusen without Kai Havertz and also without Kevin Volland (against AS Monaco): Most expected that this could become a sports problem. This became apparent for the first time with the 0-0 win in Wolfsburg. “We have to improve ahead,” said coach Peter Bosz afterwards. The team, so often envied for its playing culture and attacking speed, lacked attacking power on this first Bundesliga match day.
Since Bayer 04 has received about 100 million euros from the sale of its best player (Havertz) and top scorer in the last three years (Volland), only about 25 million euros has been reinvested in the transfer of Czech international striker Patrik Schick, The squad van Leverkusen is one of the largest construction sites in the Bundesliga just two weeks before the end of the transition period on October 5. “A few more players are coming to us. It may also be that a few more players are leaving. We are in talks”, said Bosz.
How much money is now flowing to which parts of the team? That is the big question. General manager Rudi Völler made it clear once again in Wolfsburg that the Havertz millions will not be spent entirely on new players and that no 1: 1 replacement will be signed for the German national player.
“There are tough times. We’ve all lost income,” Völler said in a Sky interview. Moreover, the transfer market for Havertz’s position in attacking midfield is hardly more promising than the players Bayer 04 already has in their line-up: 17-year-old super talent Florian Wirtz, for example. Or the still young Nadiem Amiri and Exequiel Palacios, who only came to Leverkusen last season.
Even in the attack, the Europa League participant is only allowed to do something if Lucas Alario and Leon Bailey, who are willing to change, leave the club. Völler and Bosz bet that the ex-Leipziger Schick will leave soon and that the whole team will be able to get used to the extremely short preparation for the season. “We’ve only trained for three weeks. That’s not much to create the automatisms. I’m sure we’ll get even better,” said the coach.
If Peter Bosz gets its way, the club must first use its transfer revenues to eliminate the weaknesses it discovered in the days of Havertz and Volland: the external positions on the defensive. This fits in a “kicker” report, according to which Leverkusen is trying to get Santiago Arias from Atletico Madrid. The Colombian international is a right back.