Leverkusen will arrive in Barcelona full of confidence / PHOTO: www.bayer04.de

Bayer Leverkusen’s record in the Bundesliga is three victories from three matches since Pep Guardiola led his side to victory in Germany in the Champions League knock-out away leg (1-3).

In their last match before taking on Barça in the return leg of the Champions League, Bayer was host to Bayern Munich at the BayArena. Robin Dutt, despite the importance of the upcoming match in Europe, sent out his best men to cut into the Munich side’s lead in the table.

The first half was electric and only magnificent saves from the keeper and a quick defence kept Bayern at bay. Arjen Robben was extremely active from the wing, but Müller and Mario Gómez were unable to beat an insurmountable Leno. The defender Friedrich, on the goal line, also denied a Munich goal. In terms of offence, Schürrle and Kiessling both had chances to put the home side ahead, however, their efforts weren’t successful.

Rewarded consistency

The game didn’t change in the first minutes of the second half, with a Bayern attacking and Leverkusen standing tall on defence. Reinartz had the first chance but was unsuccessful and Neuer brilliantly saved Kiessling’s header.

Leverkusen was standing its ground. The home side took the lead in a decisive play where the indecision of Neuer and Boateng allowed Derdiyok to assist Kiessling for the first goal of the night. Bayern was in the hunt for the equaliser and Leverkusen was looking dangerous on the counterattack. In fact, on one such counter, Bellarabi scored the home side’s second goal to the delight of the fans. Thus, Bayer will visit the Camp Nou in the fifth position of the Bundesliga this Wednesday, March 7th.