Freiburg (dpa) – The solution to Bayer Leverkusen’s initial initial weakness this season currently has one name in particular: Lucas Alario.
The Argentinian and de facto Bayer forward number two proves his qualities confidently and efficiently and seizes the opportunities to get into the spotlight. “We know how important he is to us,” Bayer defender Lars Bender said after Sunday’s 4-2 draw at SC Freiburg, after Alario had already excelled with a brace. ‘I am personally happy for him. It has not been easy for him in recent years. ‘
Alario actually plays the role of the prankster in Werkself. But with Patrik Schick currently injured, the 28-year-old has been playing from the start – and he uses it in an impressive way: after his two goals in 3-1 in Augsburg on Monday, he also scored two decisive goals in Breisgau. “He’s in a good mood, he’s confident. He’s also maybe getting more confident than before,” said international Jonathan Tah.
De Werkself started the season with only three draws. After the first four Bundesliga matches, only three of his own goals were still in the statistics after the farewell to top player Kai Havertz, there was criticism of the offensive. Alario alone has met again in just a week. Trainer Peter Bosz reassured him that he thought the criticism of the offensive was “nonsense” from the start.
For the first time since 2009/10, Leverkusen is still unbeaten after the first six games of the season in the Bundesliga, when Werkself finished fourth. There they are now. At the start of the game at Black Forest Stadium, it seemed like a setback. The guests were early after Lucas Höler’s goal (3rd minute) and had to fear that they would have to do it with one man less from the middle of the first half, like they did that week in the Europa League in Prague with the 0: 1 had done. The red card for Sven Bender after an alleged emergency brake brought referee Benjamin Cortus back after reviewing the photos.
“Let’s face it, if that’s the red card, the game is probably over. We all realized that,” said Lars Bender of the weak start. Aided by mistakes by Freiburg midfielder Nicolas Höfler, Alario turned the game around in the first half (29./42.). Nadiem Amiri (64th) and Tah (76th) scored more than the intermediate connection of Nils Petersen (72nd) Freiburg after the change.
“It’s important to win, it gives you wings. Then your legs don’t hurt that much,” said Lars Bender. For Bayer, the last will be continued on Thursday with an away game in the Europa League at Israeli club Hapoel Beer Sheva, followed by an interesting home game in the league against Borussia Mönchengladbach.
A tough next Bundesliga task also awaits the Freiburg team, which will travel to RB Leipzig next weekend. Currently only six points, 13th place in the table and an away task for the Champions League participant – Baden is threatened with an uncomfortable situation before the next international break. “We have to prepare for it being a tough, tough fight this year,” said coach Christian Streich.