Ahead of this game of the 13th matchday of the Bundesliga Bayern Munich had 24 points and won the first two Bundesliga games under their new interim manager Hans-Dieter Flick against Dortmund and Fortuna Düsseldorf. They sat in the third position while Bayer Leverkusen were ninth with 19 points. However, while this game promised to be interesting since Leverkusen are usually a team that like to dominate the game, this wouldn’t be the case in this clash. Leverkusen’s approach, therefore, would be interesting to watch.
Flick lined his team up in their typical 4-1-4-1 formation with Manuel Neuer in goal and a back four in front of him which consisted of Alphonso Davies, David Alaba, Javier Martínez, and Benjamin Pavard. Joshua Kimmich was the only defensive midfielder while Leon Goretzka and Thomas Müller were also part of the central midfield. Serge Gnabry and Ivan Perišić provided the width while Robert Lewandowski was, as usual, the single striker.
On the other side, Peter Bosz used a 4-2-3-1 formation with Lukáš Hrádecký between the sticks while the back four was made of Wendell, Sven Bender, Jonathan Tah, and Lars Bender. Julian Baumgartlinger and Charles Aránguiz were the defensive midfielders. Nadiem Amiri was in front of them and the wings were occupied by Leon Bailey and Moussa Diaby. Kevin Volland was the lone man up front.
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