Bayer Leverkusen – Borussia Dortmund: Shooting Woes Sink Dortmund As Wirtz Steals The Winner (2-1)

The premier fixture of match week 17 did not disappoint, as Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund traded attacks over the course of ninety frenetic minutes. In the first half, Edin Terzić & co. could not deal with a Leverkusen team featuring an inspired Moussa Diaby. However, it was an altogether different story in the second half, where Dortmund, as the saying goes, “couldn't hit a barn door with a banjo”.
Tactical analysis and match report by Manasvin Andra.

No team is invincible in this strange Bundesliga season, and Bayern Leverkusen have clearly realised that this might be their best opportunity to make a shock run for the title. Despite falling agonisingly short against Bayern Munich, Leverkusen have not allowed themselves to be deflated by the loss, instead focusing on the task at hand of trying to ensure Champions League qualification for the next season. This single-minded motivation saw them come into this game in third place, albeit with an opportunity to go level with RasenBallsport Leipzig; provided they finished the job against Borussia Dortmund.

Bosz did not tinker much with his system, opting for a 4-3-3 featuring familiar names. Lukáš Hrádecký was protected by Lars Bender, Jonathan Tah, Edmond Tapsoba and Wendell, with Charles Aránguiz, Nadiem Amiri and Florian Wirtz making up the midfield. The line was led by Lucas Alario, who was supported by Leon Bailey and Moussa Diaby.

Having secured victories against Wolfsburg and

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Manasvin covers the Bundesliga and Champions League for Between The Posts. He can be found on Twitter @RPftbl. [ View all posts ]


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