Prague (dpa) – With a good deal of anger in his stomach, Peter Bosz got on the plane in Prague on Friday night.
The anger of the coach of Bayer Leverkusen was not limited to the Scottish referee William Collum after the 0: 1 (0: 0) defeat at Slavia Prague, but also met his player Karim Bellarabi. According to almost all experts, he saw an unauthorized red card in the 21st minute. But his at least impetuous entry made him complicit, according to Bosz.
The coach did not change this assessment when he first watched the TV pictures after returning at 3:30 in the morning. “I still see it as an unnecessary foul,” said Bosz on Friday about the action on the side center line: “After I’ve seen the pictures, I don’t think the referee can give red. But Karim has given him the opportunity to do so. No one is as fast as him. If he runs, he doesn’t need a foul. “
When asked whether he should have a serious conversation with Bellarabi or Collum, the 56-year-old replied grumpily on Thursday: “Not with both of them. Because that doesn’t make sense.”
It was clear that the dismissal changed the game, which had been clearly dominated by Bayer up until then, and the 70-minute shortfall cost the Bundesliga club a lot of energy. “If there are 11 of us remaining, I cannot imagine that we will lose,” said Bosz: “But even with ten men we must not lose this game.”
Bayer, which had to do without six injuries and due to the great stress in these weeks with a starting eleven changed to seven positions, fought and fought for a long time. Goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky even saved a penalty from Nicolae Stanciu including a margin (64th).
But then a simple standard situation and a header from Peter Olayinka (80th), who broke his nose, cost the Bundesliga fourth place the point.
The defeat was annoying not only because of her circumstances. It also destroyed the brilliant starting position that Bayer had created for itself by beating OGC Nice in Group C 6-2. After Nice’s 1-0 win against Bayer’s next opponent, Hapoel Be’er Sheva, all four teams now have three points and everything starts from scratch.
And the additional burden of being outnumbered came at an inopportune time for Leverkusen. “That comes on top of that,” said Bosz: “To play in the midst of such a full program with ten men is exhausting.” The game in the Czech Republic started around 70 hours after the final whistle of the Bundesliga match against Augsburg (3-1). The next one in Freiburg will start another 65 hours later. And after three days off, Bayer will have to go to Israel, 3,000 kilometers away as the crow flies, for the third away game in a row.
So it was the only positive thing that the completely rebuilt back four worked and it became clear that Bayer is well positioned across the board. “The guys in defense were very busy, but they did really well,” said Bosz. Among other things, national player Jonathan Tah played from the start for the first time this season, while the Croatian vice world champion Tin Jedvaj was playing for the first time.