Teenager Florian Wirtz received a lot of praise for his Bundesliga debut in the Bayer Leverkusen jersey. “It’s always special when you make a debut. Especially when he was 17. It was all in all a good performance by him, he wasn’t nervous, ”said Bayer coach Peter Bosz after the Werkself’s 4-1 win at Werder Bremen on Monday evening.
The only 17-year-old Wirtz was even in the starting line-up for the guests in the ghost game and played until the 62nd minute. The offensive midfielder is now the youngest debutant in Leverkusen’s Bundesliga history, replacing Kai Havertz.
“Congratulations Florian”, tweeted the U17 juniors after the Leverkusen win. “Our U17 international is the third youngest Bundesliga debutant today,” wrote his teammates. “I’m very happy that he got this chance,” said U17 selection coach Christian Wück. Only Nuri Sahin (16 years, eleven months and one day) and Yann Aurel Bisseck (16 years, eleven months and 28 days) were younger than Wirtz at their Bundesliga debuts for Borussia Dortmund and 1. FC Köln 15 days.
Werder struggles with a restart
At Werder Bremen, worries after the restart dominated: the self-confidence that Florian Kohfeldt showed after the game, many a Werder fan on TV would have wished for his team beforehand. “That’s not where I say: that’s it now. That’s not a knockout blow for us, ”said the coach of the seventeenth in the table after the 1: 4 (1: 2) against Leverkusen.
The first ghost game in the Bremen Bundesliga history should actually be something like a restart for the relegation candidate. Werder had two months to catch up on their fitness deficits and to shake all the negative experiences of the season so far out of their clothes.
But the bitter realization on Monday evening was: This game went exactly as, according to many, it would have run on March 16 with spectators in a full stadium. Werder lacked the conviction, the passion, the quality. Werder played just as if there had never been a Corona interruption in the Bundesliga. “We gave everything, but we weren’t good enough,” said captain Niklas Moisander.
The only one who resisted this impression was Kohfeldt. “I can’t hit the team now,” said the coach. “The key will be that we keep our confidence in our offensive game. If we have doubts now, it won’t work. ”On Saturday, an away game at SC Freiburg will continue, and only three days later Borussia Mönchengladbach will come to the Weser Stadium. “We have to score, no matter against whom,” said Kohfeldt. “There is still great hope. The next game there will be a bit more rhythm. “
Kohfeldt’s optimism of purpose
But, that’s what Kohfeldt also said: “Time is running out.” Werder only have nine games left, so as not to be relegated from the Bundesliga a second time after exactly 40 years. If you take the most recent nine league games as a yardstick, Bremen wouldn’t need to play any more. They only got four points from them. Fortuna Düsseldorf on the relegation place is five meters away.
It didn’t even help Werder against Leverkusen that the Czech Theodor Gebre Selassie (30th) managed to equalize quickly just two minutes after falling 0-1. Just three minutes later, Kai Havertz headed his second goal for Bayer 04 (28/33). Mitchell Weiser (61st) and Kerem Demirbay (78th) then made everything clear after the break. Leverkusen’s coach Peter Bosz was very satisfied, he praised his team – but he also encouraged the Bremen team: “They are 17th in the table,” said the Dutchman. “But they don’t normally belong there.”