Bayer Leverkusen is now one of the favourites in the DFB-Pokal despite the poor performance against Stuttgart. Kai Havertz and Co. have Berlin in their sights – and the top game against Borussia Dortmund.
Kai Havertz only briefly put his finger in the wound after the arduous quarter-final move, before he got into a scare when he thought about the final at the Berlin Olympic Stadium. The final on 23 May “is a dream of ours,” said the Bayer Leverkusen midfield star – and Havertz is allowed to be loyal. Since the ‘surprise departureof Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig, the Werkself has been in the narrow circle of favourites.
Bosz “not satisfied” with performance against VfB
The chance of the first cup final since 2009 would be “more good than when they are still there” without the competitors, said coach Peter Bosz, who was already demanding titles after his contract was signed. Whoever becomes the next opponent in the field will be the next opponent, results from the draw next Sunday (18:00). Last year’s winner Bayern Munich has at least one club better placed in the Bundesliga in the pot.
The fact that Leverkusen have to face the second division VfB Stuttgart in the quarter-finals, but above all the opponent, could not be uncommented by the Niederl-nder. “The most important thing is that we move on. When I see the game, I can’t be satisfied,” Bosz said.
For Bayer did not prevail well in s. Tor faustete (71st) and at the 2-0 by Lucas Alario (83rd). After Silas Wamangituka’s connection (85th), tension even arose.
Demirbay calls for “heart and mentality”
What is clear is that Leverkusen must step up in order to reach the Berlin goal. Kerem Demirbay also stated that it was important “not to spit a big t’ne”. And Havertz, who is getting better and better and comes up against Stuttgart as Captain, admitted that Bayer “hasn’t shown the best football in the last one or two games.”
It is this lack of consistency that has already made the factory club a more often a sit through the bill this season. The highly-rated team with the great ambitions has already slowed down several times, the worst example being the defeat at TSG Hoffenheim (1:2). In the cup, however, they were spared.
How Havertz and Co. sell themselves in the top game next Saturday (6.30 pm) against BVB is open. In any case, the embattled young star promised “a hei’s game,” and Demirbay demanded “heart and mentality” from his teammates. In order to continue to be the favourite in the league, Bayer must end the horror record against Dortmund with only one victory from the last ten duels.