Bayer Leverkusen comfortably got past Mönchengladbach in a 3-1 rout. It could have been more if sitters weren’t missed. Havertz again was the star of the show with a brace taking his goal tally to 10 goals this season. Leverkusen’s defense was well organized and never looked out of place for the whole 90 minutes. This result has dented a major blow to Mönchengladbach’s title hopes and now puts them in danger of missing the coveted Champions League spot While Leverkusen sits just 5 points behind Bayern who have a game in hand.
This guy will go right to the top. Not just his goals, but his all-round performance was exemplary. At 2:13 of 1st half, he held the ball very well which showed his strength and versatility. At 6:03, Leverkusen scored a well-made team goal. Havertz’s movement for the goal was top notch. From his weaker right foot, he calmly finished a well made move. We saw his eye for a good pass in lots of instances. At 21:22 around, he held the ball very well and made a very good run which could not bear fruit in terms of goal as he took some time to make the pass. We saw another instance of his good hold up and strength at 26th minute around when he dealt with 2 to 3 players before making a good pass to the right. In the whole match we could oversee the intelligent off the ball movements he makes. His hold up play with exemplary movements helped Leverkusen play against the press of their opponents. His aerial strength was also visible to see in set-pieces defending. Just before 1st half interval, Havertz was involved in a beautiful team play where his shot, unfortunately, hit the bar and his teammate missed a sitter from 5 yards after a heroic block from Mönchengladbach’s defender.
2nd half started with an equalizer before Gladbach foolishly gave a penalty away which was slotted home by Havertz. It was not a good penalty to be fair but had enough to slot Leverkusen into a lead. Again at 66th minute we saw good defensive abilities of Havertz. He carried the ball from his half and nutmegged a player in this process. He had a good chance, in the end, to pass to Bailey but the pass was intercepted by Gladbach’s defender.
Overall, he was crucial to break Gladbach’s press and was exemplary in the final third. His creativity with aerial strength really makes him a valuable player and his potential was for all to see.
For Leon Bailey there wasn’t much to do. He started on the bench and was brought on at 66th minute by the Leverkusen manager. Bailey did not start well when he made a sloppy pass where Leverkusen had a clear route towards the goal. At 78:46 around he had a chance to pass to players around in the last third of Gladbach but he opted to shoot when so many players were ahead of him and rightly so the shot got blocked. At last seconds of the game Havertz had the chance to pass to Bailey in Gladbach’s final third but it was blocked by the opposition’s defender.
Overall he had little to no impact. He has to do a lot more to get back in the Leverkusen line up.
He was used as a substitute and had 24 minutes to impress his manager to get back in the starting contention but his performance was lackluster and he had little to no impact. When he had the chances he made sloppy passes and decisions which showed his lackluster displays. The rating is always tough to give for a substitute who has got mere minutes to impress but Bailey really had a poor evening and decision making by him was way too sloppy.
His display had everything. From goals to defensive work, that was an exemplary display. He easily could have had a hat trick if not for the post to deny him that chance. The holdup play was top notch and helped Leverkusen play against the press of Gladbach. Off the ball movements were also top-notch. His strength especially aerially is very valuable to Leverkusen. Havertz is a wonderful player to watch and it was a joy to behold such a world-class performance. I hope this continues as he is only going to get better.
Written by – Shrey Oberoi
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Pic Edit – Miz Rahman
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