Bayer Leverkusen and Werder Bremen will compete in the BayArena on Tuesday-evening in the semi-finals of the DFB Pokal. In the league, Leverkusen was too strong for Bremen 1-0. What will be the result Tuesday?
Bayer Leverkusen :
Bayer Leverkusen, which aims to qualify for the Champions League, had to settle for a point last Saturday. On visiting SC Freiburg, Die Werkself did not go beyond 0-0 against a fierce opponent. Lucas Alario was in the starting phase with a header on the post close to a goal, but in the rest of the game the really big chances remained. They certainly had no right to victory.
Freiburg seemed to have found the recipe to fight Leverkusen, which is technically strong. The home team started a lot of duels, resulting in seven yellow cards. Sports director Rudi Völler did not want to complain about this after the game. ‘If you [like Freiburg] fight against relegation, then there is not a lot of nice football played. That is also their right, that is part of it, “says Völler. The point loss of Saturday was not disastrous – Leverkusen is still the number two of the rankings, albeit well behind FC Bayern.
In December Werder Bremen was the opponent in the competition. In the BayArena, Leverkusen then started strong, with a quick goal from Alario, but the match went flat, so the final score would be only 1-0.
Werder Bremen :
Werder Bremen managed to win on Saturday. And in the fight against relegation, the three points achieved in Gelsenkirchen were worth gold. In fact, it was a small miracle that Bremen went off with the win at Schalke 04. For a long time it did not seem at all like what Die Hanseaten showed. They knew nothing at all to create, and by a blunder from goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka it was 1-0 for the home team. By a crazy final stage, with a red card, an equally blistering Schalke goalkeeper and a late goal by Zlatko Junuzovic, it became 1-2 for Werder.
Because of this victory, the North Germans jumped on the ranking over Mainz 05, to the safe fifteenth place. “The victory at Schalke is reason enough for us to take it easy,” said trainer Florian Kohfeldt at the press conference on Monday. “Of course it gave us a good feeling, but we have to stay sharp.” Junuzovic, who started on the bench in Gelsenkirchen, will probably start at the base against Leverkusen. Also purchase Sebastian Langkamp – in the winter break over from Hertha BSC – has a chance of winning a starting place.
Insider TIP: Bayer Leverkusen to win – 1.52