Prague (dpa) – Peter Bosz boarded a plane in Prague at night with a lot of anger in his stomach.
The anger of Bayer Leverkusen’s coach was not limited to Scottish referee William Collum after the 0: 1 (0: 0) defeat to Slavia Prague, but also met his player Karim Bellarabi. According to almost all experts, he saw an unauthorized red card in the 21st minute. But his impetuous entry made him an accomplice, according to Bosz.
“Some say it was not a red card. But it was a violation,” said Peter Bosz of the sideline action: “And in my opinion, it was not necessary to make a mistake there.” When asked if he should have a serious conversation with Bellarabi or Collum, the 56-year-old replied grumpily, “With neither. Because that makes no sense. ‘
It was clear that the dismissal changed the game, which until then had clearly been dominated by Bayer, and the 70-minute shortage cost the Bundesliga club a lot of energy. “If we are left with 11, I cannot imagine that we will lose”, said Bosz: “But even with ten men we cannot lose this match.”
Bayer, which had to do without six injuries and due to the great stress in these weeks with a starting eleven changed to seven positions, fought and fought long. Goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky even saved a penalty from Nicolae Stanciu including a margin (64th). But then a simple standard situation and a header from Peter Olayinka (80th), who broke his nose, cost the Bundesliga fourth place the point.
The defeat wasn’t just a nuisance because of her circumstances. It also destroyed the brilliant starting position Bayer had created for itself by beating OGC Nice 6-2 in Group C. After Nice’s 1-0 victory over Bayer’s next opponent, Hapoel Be’er Sheva, all four teams now three points and everything starts all over again.
And the added burden of being in the minority came at an inopportune time for Leverkusen. “That is in addition,” said Bosz: “Playing with ten men in the middle of such a full program is exhausting.” The game in the Czech Republic started about 70 hours after the final whistle of the Bundesliga game against Augsburg (3-1). The next one in Freiburg starts another 65 hours later. And after three days off, Bayer has to go to Israel for the third away match in a row, 3,000 kilometers as the crow flies.
So it was the only positive thing that the completely rebuilt rear four worked and it became clear that Bayer is well positioned across the board, at least here. “The guys in the defense were very busy, but they did very well,” said Bosz. National player Jonathan Tah, among others, played for the first time from the start of this season, the Croatian vice-world champion Tin Jedvaj was used for the first time ever.