Düsseldorf – The chances of winning were there, but ultimately Bayer Leverkusen also ended the 2019/20 season without a major triumph. After the 2-1 loss to Inter Milan and the exit to the quarter-finals of the Europa League, Bayer 04’s season ended in a frustrating experience.
The Werkself didn’t hold out against the strong Italians to the north, especially in the first 20 minutes, and had to lose two goals at the start. The highlights of Leverkusen’s game and season:
KAI HAVERTZ’S CLASS ISN’T ENOUGH: The internationally coveted German national player was by no means bad against Inter. The 21-year-old striker had one or the other good deed and brought Bayer back to Milan with his goal of making it 2-1 in the 25th minute. But it was not enough for more. It is highly doubtful that Havertz will still play for Leverkusen in the coming season. Chelsea FC, among others, are keen to recruit the exceptional footballer.
FACTOR ROMELU LUKAKU: The Belgian star striker showed a very good performance, always used his body robustly and could hardly be separated from the ball. The 27-year-old was first directly involved in Nicolo Barella’s opening goal in Milan (15th minute) with a previously blocked shot and himself scored the 2-0 in the fall (21st). He didn’t want to highlight his own performance after the game. “I’m trying to help the team as best I can. For me the best player today was Nicolo Barella.”
THE LAST MISSED STEP: Lost the DFB Cup final to FC Bayern, narrowly missed the Champions League in fifth place in the Bundesliga and now the end of dreams of the Europa League final on the Rhine: Bayer was often close, but neither was it. “We had a good development this year, played good football, but we missed the reward,” said captain Lars Bender. Qualifying for the Europa League next year is “little consolation” for the defensive end. But Bender was already looking to the future: “That should be the goal of the whole club next year: to go even further and to go further.”
IT’S SAID PETER BOSZ: Peter Bosz didn’t want to reduce the season to just missed opportunities. “It’s too easy to say at the end, ‘We haven’t won anything’,” he said. “Because as a coach I of course also look at the development of the team and I think we have done a development this season. A development of individual players and style of play.” Nonetheless, it could be said that the Dutchman was angry with the loss to Inter. “If you end up with empty hands, of course you are disappointed,” he said.
WHAT ANTONIO CONTE SAYS: Unlike his colleague Bayer, the Milan coach was of course satisfied. “When we were in possession of the ball we managed to do what we planned to do,” he said with satisfaction, but also found a legitimate point of criticism: “We might have grabbed more either chance “.
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