Berlin (dpa) – After a short reflection period, Kai Havertz still hung the silver medal around his neck. At first he had only dangled her off the stage in his hand, looked at her briefly. Skeptical, disappointed.
On the edge, Bayer Leverkusen’s international then watched the cheering Munich celebrate after the 2: 4 (0: 2) in the cup final against FC Bayern. With her arms crossed and her gaze fixed. In this second the longing of the exceptional talent for titles will have increased again. It’s a good thing that most clubs that advertise Havertz almost have a guarantee. So Bavaria.
The 21-year-old still has a title chance with Leverkusen at the final tournament of the Europa League in August. But that evening in Berlin, the realization remained: Leverkusen did not end his runner-up series with Havertz either. After its first final in his professional career, the club is in ninth second place since the last title in 1993.
Havertz did not give any interviews after the game. Perhaps because he didn’t feel like asking questions about his future, which will probably also accompany him through the twelve-day short vacation. But certainly also because he was frustrated. Because despite his grandly converted penalty meter at the very last second to the final score, Havertz had not used the large stage for self-promotion. Especially not in the first half, when he seemed lost and given away in the top.
With Havertz on the ten Bayer shook the previously strong Double Bayern after the break despite a 0: 3 deficit. Had coach Peter Bosz coached himself? “It’s always easy to say after the game: the second half was better, hey, why didn’t you play like that from the start?” Replied Bosz, who was the first of four Dutch coaches to lose a DFB Cup final.
It is true that Bosz’s tactic did not work. But it is also correct that his players made too many mistakes. Not only at the most obvious mistake when goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky let a harmless shot by Robert Lewandowski slip through his arms in the middle of Leverkusen’s best phase (59.). “Unfortunately, my mistake broke everything,” said the Finn, who was very strong over long stretches of the season: “Sometimes you just look like a fool.”
Overall, “the courage, the experience and the trust were missing”, captain Lars Bender aptly analyzed. Havertz must have felt addressed by this as well. Above all, Bender referred to the team and the club. Because since 2009 – Havertz had just moved from Alemannia Mariadorf to Alemannia Aachen as an e-youth – Bayer hadn’t played in a final.
The Werkself no longer want to be satisfied with second places, to be in final matches. The disappointment prevailed, said Bosz: “Very clearly.” Now you want to “attack in the Europa League,” announced Bender. Havertz will play along, the bosses in Leverkusen have made that clear. Even if he should switch to Chelsea like Timo Werner, who did without the Champions League tournament with RB Leipzig. The blues are said to reinforce their advertising. Incidentally, you have won 24 titles since 1993.
If a decision has not been made by August, Havertz may then see if he has to change clubs this year to win trophies. National coach Joachim Löw saw “already weapons” at Bayer on Saturday. And ARD expert Bastian Schweinsteiger said with a view to the Europa League: “I trust them a lot.”