Robert Andrich was instrumental in Bayer 04 Leverkusen’s important victory over Celtic Glasgow. Then he and his coach explained why he is so important for the Werkself at the moment and what is special for the midfielder as well.
Robert Andrich had many reasons to be happy after the 3-2 victory over Celtic Glasgow. imago images / Eibner
Bayer Leverkusen suffered their first defeat in the group stage on Matchday 5 of the Europa League. Werkself lost 2-1 to Celtic Glasgow until the end of the season. But then Robert Andrich came in six and tied – a turning point in the late 3-2 success.
It should have been my first double as a professional.
Leverkusen had led early, Andrich himself had already stepped up to bring the score to 1-0. With great confidence after a corner from Florian Wirtz. “It should have been my first double as a professional,” the Union Berlin newcomer said cheerfully at the press conference. He was “really happy” to have played such a decisive role in the knockout phase.
But against the Scottish guests it was far more than positive things to see on the pitch. Andrich and Co. had “not seen” the intermediate 1: 2 deficit in the second half – watch out after two shots on goal for Celtic, helped by two unfortunate actions on the Leverkusen defense. In the end, however, the Werkself had “rightly rewarded themselves”, according to the double packer, by regaining control in the final stages and increasing their chances.
Seoane’s praise: “What he does with his hand and his foot”
Work is certainly an attribute that applies to Andrich. But over the past few weeks, he has repeatedly proven that he can do a lot more. After the initial struggles the 27-year-old experienced following his move, he is getting better and better. He not only embodies the aggressive leader, but also scores more and more goals – which makes him “even happier”.
Coach Gerardo Seoane sang a song of praise which, in addition to “a certain toughness and tackling force in the midfield”, also highlighted Andrich’s “intelligence and technique”. Or, to be more precise: “Everything he does has a hand and a foot.
It wouldn’t be surprising if Andrich took some getting used to. But: Werkself’s No.8 has “become more and more important in recent weeks due to setbacks” and has “extremely seized the opportunity” and taken responsibility. Andrich’s bite and peculiar mentality now also have an effect on compulsory degrees, Seoane added.
Fans saw it the same way after the game. Andrich was loudly acclaimed after the final whistle. He himself said: “I think it’s not every day that you stand in front of the curve and your name is called out. It is very pleasant for the soul. Especially on such a beautiful day. evening with the victory 3-2 “- equivalent to winning the group. Thanks to this Leverkusen is sure to be in the second round of the Europa League.