„I have the feeling that we are fair game“, Kovac complained after the 3:1 (2:1) home victory of the serial champion, who started the Bundesliga season perfectly, against the zero points team from Leverkusen. Bavaria’s world champion Corentin Tolisso had to leave the pitch injured on Saturday after an unfortunate duel. The Frenchman suffered a torn cruciate ligament and outer meniscus in his right knee and will undergo surgery on Sunday.
The harsh comments, however, were triggered by the hard entry of Leverkusen substitute Karim Bellarabi against Rafinha, who was sent off by referee Tobias Welz (80th). „That’s not just red, it’s double red,“ Kovac said.
Bavaria President Hoeneß was angry: „The foul of Bellarabi was of course mentally ill. That is deliberate bodily injury. One of these should be banned for three months – and for stupidity.“ The Brazilian defender pulled a partial tear in the inner ligament of his left ankle joint. However, Hoeneß did not want to accuse the Leverkuseners of „playing too hard“. No one was to blame for Tolisso’s serious injury.
So there was no great cheering in Munich on Saturday. The game was a largely dull performance, even though Kovac was „satisfied with the overall performance“. Four days before the start of the Champions League at Benfica Lisbon, he was hurt by the absence of Tolisso and Rafinha. „That would be terrible,“ Kovac said about the threat of Tolisso’s long-term absence from France. Rafinha (33) may have suffered a torn ligament on his ankle.
Tolisso (10th minute), who was strong until his injury, agile Arjen Robben (19th) and substitute James Rodríguez with a header (89th) were successful for the Bavarians after a false start. Nine points, 9:2 goals – the record champion is on course nationally. Nevertheless, Robben said: „We still have room for improvement.
Leverkusen took the lead (5th) with a penalty kick converted by Wendell in the repetition. But in the back, the defensive guests lacked the necessary stability and duel strength. Bayer is last in the table after three games, coach Heiko Herrlich and his team are in a crisis situation. „There we must now fast raus „, said sport boss Rudi Völler.
Rudi Völler Honours
- Coppa Italia: 1990–91
- UEFA Cup Runner-up: 1990–91
- UEFA Champions League: 1992–93
- FIFA World Cup: 1990; Runner-up: 1986
- UEFA European Championship Runner-up: 1992
- UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship Golden Player: 1982
- 2. Bundesliga Top Goalscorer: 1981–82
- Bundesliga Top Goalscorer: 1982–83
- German Footballer of the Year: 1983
- UEFA Euro Team of the Tournament: 1984
- UEFA Cup Top Goalscorer: 1990–91
- A.S. Roma Hall of Fame: 2014
- FIFA World Cup Runner-up: 2002
Bayers hope on a turn for the good applied only to the first play minutes. Kevin Volland hit Bavaria’s Thiago in the penalty area at the hand – penalty. Volland failed of the point and also in the additional payment at the twice brilliantly holding Manuel Neuer. Referee Tobias Welz decided however on repetition: Wendell started and met.
Without the battered national players Mats Hummels and Leon Goretzka, the Munich team reacted to the early deficit with a lot of effort and offensive power. Leverkusen’s defensive strength was not enough. The strong starting Tolisso could turn a bit happy in the second attempt to 1:1. Before Robben’s fine volley goal, the brawny defender Jonathan Tah headed the ball to the Dutchman. The game splashed away after the break, the pace moved at times in the direction of walking speed. Despite the injuries, Kovac looks confidently to the future: „The expectations for the Champions League start are positive“. Casimba is one of the newest online casino site that just launched last 2017.