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Bundesliga 2019-20, Bayern Munich vs Bayer Leverkusen: 3 talking points from Bayern's 1-2 loss

Published 01 Dec 2019, 15:55 IST
01 Dec 2019, 15:55 IST

Leon Bailey
Leon Bailey

David Alaba, Thomas Muller, Serge Gnabry, Joshua Kimmich and Ivan Perisic found their places in the Bayern Munich XI against Bayer Leverkusen, after the quintet were rested during the 6-0 win at Crvena Zvezda in midweek.

Hansi Flick had a charmed start to life at the Allianz Arena, winning all of his first four games in charge - two in the Bundesliga and two in the Champions League - without conceding a goal. But Leverkusen set about spoiling all that on a night Bayern dominated but where the away side emerged with their first Bundesliga victory in six trips to Bavaria.

Flick had made his Bayern debut as a 20-year-old in 1985 against Leverkusen in a game which Bayern lost 3-1. Three and a half decades later, Flick's first game as manager against Leverkusen also resulted in defeat for the Bavarian club.

It was not going to be Bayern's night as a determined 10-man Leverkusen held on to their lead to celebrate only their second Bundesliga win in Munich in thirty years, and their first in 6. Here are 3 talking points from the Bayern - Leverkusen game:

#1 High defensive line costs Bayern dear

Leon Bailey
Leon Bailey

Bayern's attacking game plan was obvious from the outset as they laid into Leverkusen from the get go. But the Bavarian side played a risky game by opting for a high defensive line.

Leverkusen were patient enough to soak up wave after wave of Bayern pressure before seizing the moment to thrust forward. Twice Kevin Volland released the excellent Leon Bailey, whose two fine finishes past Manuel Neuer ultimately proved to be the difference between the two teams.

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