Barcelona – Borussia Dortmund: Barça Clinch First Place With Win Over Dortmund (3-1)
In the first half both teams pressed high, but only Barcelona were able to create turnovers from these situations. Aided by a faulty Dortmund defense, Barcelona went into half-time with a comfortable two-goal lead. Dortmund saw lots of the ball after the game restarted, but only really created chances when the game was already played.
Tactical analysis and match report by Jonas G.
Both teams had the chance to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League with a win on matchday five. However, both teams are currently not in their best shape with Dortmund drawing their latest home match against newly promoted SC Paderborn and falling back to sixth place in the Bundesliga. Barça also had their problems against last-placed Leganes, falling behind in the first half and taking long to score the decisive goal.
Ernesto Valverde went for a slightly more conservative approach against Dortmund, benching Antoine Griezmann and giving Ivan Rakitić a spot in the starting eleven. In addition to that, Gerard Piqué missed the match and was replaced by Clément Lenglet. Sergi Roberto returned to the 4-4-2 formation as right fullback.
Borussia Dortmund manager Lucien Favre made only slight adjustments to his 4-4-2 formation after the disappointing result against Paderborn that saw his ability to bring his side to the next level being questioned. With Nico Schulz and Achraf Hakimi, to fullbacks started in the wide midfield positions. Favre likely looked for the pace of these two players to cause Barcelona’s backline problems with runs behind their defense as well as a good defensive cover. Striker Paco Alc . . .