Since even rudi voller had no more reason to grumble. "Yes, what can i say. Eleven goals in three days – we’ve got a great squad and great morale," said the bayer leverkusen manager after the 5-0 (2-0) win at borussia monchengladbach and the team’s place in the DFB cup round of 16. Three days after the 6-2 win at werder bremen, bayer leverkusen has played its way out of the crisis with the latest goal show and is performing as if there had never been any problems. "I’ve always said that self-confidence and ease come from good results," said herrlich, who had been paid off in public just a few days earlier.
Even after the victory in bremen, speculation was still being fueled in the media as to whether herrlich would really remain coach. He was full of praise for this. Meanwhile, the bayer coach has put an end to the discussions about his person as impressively as seldom before. As calm, self-critical and composed as he dealt with the crisis, he remained level-headed even after the two magnificent victories. "These were two results that were very high and did not quite correspond to the course of the game, but against two teams that are playing an outstanding preliminary round and who are where we want to be," said the coach.
The change of system to a 3-4-3 is not the only reason for the attractive counter-attacking play, which in gladbach was made possible by the goals of julian brandt (5) and julien brandt (6).), tin jedvaj (45./+1), karim bellarabi (67./74.) and kevin volland (74.) led to the unexpectedly high victory. "We know we can do it. It was dormant in us. We often played like children, a bit naive. The little kiddies are now growing up a bit," said national player brandt. Of course, the trainer has a part in this. "I gave the team belief and courage," said herrlich.
Volland, who was involved in three of the five goals, said that they now work against the ball with much more speed and a completely different intensity. "We have learned from these two games that we can also get our game through at the front. Then we are strong as a bar", said the attacking player.
In addition, his storm colleague bellarabi is currently bleeding on. With five goals in the last four games within twelve days, the dribbling artist has played a major part in the upswing. "I have often asked him if he has the hunger. I told him that there are people around here who think he is not hungry anymore. I realized then that he felt attacked and wanted to prove it to everyone," said herrlich.
It will be difficult for the second-placed team in the bundesliga to make a real start to the race to catch up, given the schedule of games against 1899 hoffenheim and RB leipzig. "We definitely also need a plan b. Hoffenheim and leipzig may be more defensive. They’ve seen our games on TV," said brandt.