The bundesliga quartet started the group stage with four draws and was unable to confirm the strong impression made by the german soccer elite with its three opening victories in the champions league.
After a 0-0 draw against metalist kharkov and two league defeats, bayer leverkusen’s management had no intention of calling it a crisis. "You can’t talk yourself into things either. The fourth matchday is coming up and there are still a lot of games," said sporting director rudi voller before the match at borussia monchengladbach. The former full-blooded climber suffered particularly. "We have been exchanged. A draw is not what you want at home. The killer instinct was missing," said voller.
Sunday’s opponent lacked above all precision and concentration in the very last second. Oscar wendt had the rough chance to advance the gladbachers’ self-discovery process with a positive experience. The swede, however, shot the ball against the bottom of the crossbar from eleven meters a few seconds before the final whistle. The 0:0 at the premiere of the five-time german champion in the europa league and thus without a doubt a false start were perfect.
"If i hit it two millimeters lower, it’s in and we’re all cheering," said wendt. The misfire can have bitter consequences. "If we want to progress, we had to get a win here," said head coach lucien favre after the goalless draw in nicosia against cyprus champions AEL limassol, top of group C with top clubs fenerbahce istanbul and olympique marseille. Favre spoke of "two lost points".
Hannover 96 was also not so accustomed to playing and attacking. Lower saxony could thank goalkeeper ron-robert ruzball in the end. The national keeper saves the 2:2 at twente enschede with world-class saves in the final phase. The netherlands first allowed the visitors to catch up to 2:2 and then failed twice in the final minutes to score against sender. He made a brilliant save against luc castaignos – and later said succinctly: "it’s okay when you have two 1:1 situations at the end of the game."
Vfb stuttgart also scored two goals against steaua bukarest – including a late one in the 85th minute. Minute. But in the end, the swabians could not get beyond a 2:2 draw in front of their own fans. The draw revealed defensive problems and a lack of alternatives – and provoked the first internal trouble, which became public on friday.
"Of course there was frustration, no question," said defender georg niedermeier after "celebrating" his late equalizing goal with two kicks against the advertising board, loud roars and a grim look. "Those who have been following my situation know that i am very disappointed at the moment."
Instead of being an integral part of the team, as he was in the second half of the season, niedermeier now plays only a supporting role. "I had a decent preparation, then such a sporting decision – that was like a slap in the face."This statement did not please fredi bobic at all. "At some point a limit is reached, and then you have to be careful," warned the sports director. The players had to be careful "that one or the other does not overestimate himself".
If you are so confident in your appearance, you should "show it on the pitch". Vfb now enters sunday’s bundesliga match against werder bremen with the pressure of five winless compulsory games in a row.