Leverkusen Coach Heiko Herrlich has to do without the Chilean midfielder for the match against the Chilean midfielder who fails because of knee problems. He demands of his team the "absolute lust to win games".
The hospital under the Bayer cross is gradually clearing: Both the Bender twins, Wendell and goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky have survived their injuries and sign up for the match on Saturday afternoon at FC Bayern Munich (15:30 clock). His alleged Wunschelf the coach under pressure Heiko Herrlich the record champion still can not muster. Because: With Charles Aránguiz on Tuesday at the international match of Chile in South Korea, old knee problems made themselves felt again – and he had to be replaced at break. "Unfortunately Charles will not be available to us", confirmed Herrlich the failure of the midfield engine.
An involvement of the 29-year-olds would have been important, above all, to teach the Werkself the last lack of commitment, or as Herrlich put it – the "absolute lust to win games" – teach. Now Herrlich's Plan B has to work to defeat the supposedly overpowering opponent of the Isar or at least to win the first counter of the season. "The statistics are clear – it is incredibly difficult to take points there," says Herrlich aware of the complicated task. Munich celebrated a start-to-measure with a 3-1 win against Hoffenheim and a 3-0 win in Stuttgart, and won the first place in the table, not surprisingly early in the season. Above all, Champions League participants Hoffenheim has shown in the opening match that you can annoy Bayern with their new coach Niko Kovac thoroughly. "Of course, we look at how others have played against them and where opportunities may arise or what they need to do as a team so they do not succeed," said Herrlich. "Ultimately, however, we try to enforce our plan."
Encouraging words received from Herrlich, who is already counted after the two defeats in Mönchengladbach and against Wolfsburg, by his coaching counterparts Bayern. "I think that's an impossibility to question a coach after two matchdays – no matter what your claims are," Kovac said. That the 46-year-old coach is up for discussion, wonder and disappoint the former pro of Bayer 04. "I think that is not appropriate," said the also 46-year-old ex-professional, who played 77 games for the Werkself in the 90s.
However, once again, his team, which was both playful and scoring behind its own requirements, once again presented itself with great pleasure. "My team has a good character. It's not that there's always a lack of mentality. You just have to be ready, the absolute willingness, total dedication to the team and the club continuously retrieve over 90 minutes, "he said.
Now it's great to find the right eleven players to do that for the match against the record champions. If he does not succeed, and the Werkself are after three games without points and with the worst league start in 40 years, threatening this weekend against Mainz (Sunday, 15.30 clock, BayArena) may already be an endgame.