Feature: Bosz's tricky task

Source: Xinhua| 2019-01-08 06:30:47|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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By Oliver Trust

BERLIN, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) -- To guide Bayer Leverkusen back to European football, the 55-year-old Dutchman Peter Bosz is facing the task which couldn't be any more challenging.

After an unsuccessful attempt in Germany, Bosz is returning to the Bundesliga and his future as a coach is hanging in the balance.

Despite the low temperatures, overcast skies and training session in pouring rain, fans see a highly motivated coach in the best possible mood.

One year after failing to convince Borussia Dortmund and its fans that he was the right man to deliver exciting attacking football, Bosz is back trying to improve his battered image by spreading as much charm as possible.

He insists he won't repeat the mistakes he made last season he got the sack after only 15 matches. His uncompromising football style was too much for Dortmund's team as the side lacked defensive stability.

"I'm not finished here," he said before, adding, "people will see the real Peter Bosz the second time around."

When the Dutchman took over the Dortmund job, he was seen as one of Europe's most promising coaches. He not only fostered talents such as Matthijs de Light, Frenckie de Jong and Justin Kluivert at Ajax Amsterdam but led the team to the final of the Europa League.

Now he is the man that is happy about the opportunity of having a second shot.

Leverkusen CEO and former German international Rudi Voeller claims the former defender is the right man to develop Leverkusen's bunch of young talented footballers keeping in mind what went wrong in Dortmund.

Bosz said he has developed and learned from his mistakes. A well-organized defense is a source for victories he emphasizes adding coaches can improve in the same way as footballers.

Bosz' mission is delicate because the successor to Heiko Herrlich, who departed shortly before Christmas, has to take his second chance. He has additionally taken over a club with a dubious reputation as it has been given the nickname "Neverkusen".

The team has never won a major title. The biggest achievement was always coming second. They failed to secure the German title on the final day of the 1999/2000 season when losing to underdog Unterhaching. In 2002 Leverkusen lost 2-1 in the Champions League final to Real Madrid.

Now it is up to Bosz to turn around things with highly talented but sometimes phlegmatic young talents such as Kai Havertz (19), Julian Brandt (22), Leon Bailey (21), Paulinho (18) and Jonathan Tah (22).

"He has got a good feel for talented young players and their development. We have many such players in our squad," Leverkusen sports director and former German international Simon Rolfes commented. Bosz, he said, is the man for attractive attacking football.

After taking over Leverkusen in the middle of a season, the next results will soon show whether Bosz has learned from his mistakes. "We haven't got much time to get things working," Bosz said ahead of challenging start to the second half of the season that pits Leverkusen (9th) against Borussia Moenchengladbach (3rd), VfL Wolfsburg (6th) and third-in-the-table Bayern Munich adding but as he commented, "what's ever easy in life?"