Bayern Munich – Borussia Dortmund: Bayern dominate from start to end as Dortmund collapse (5-0)
Dortmund were completely obliterated by Bayern Munich, as loads of uncoordinated defending cost them dearly. With a shot count of 22-4 and a final score line of 5-0, it is hard to argue against Bayern Munich as rightful German champions after this confrontation.
Tactical analysis and match report by Erik Elias.
Let’s not forget why this match was relevant in the first place. Dortmund had won back-to-back games in stoppage time, while Bayern Munich inexplicably lost points at Freiburg. In this season’s Bundesliga Hinrunde, Bayern set the tone, duly chasing Dortmund and gobbling up forty points in their last fifteen matches. The fact Dortmund went into this match with two points in hand should be seen as a testament to their excellent first half of the season, rather than an accurate reflection of the team’s quality over recent weeks.
Bayern’s manager Niko Kovač has settled on a 4-2-3-1 formation. When the stakes are high, four players are guaranteed starters on fixed positions: Manuel Neuer, Joshua Kimmich, David Alaba and Robert Lewandowski. Filling in the other seven positions poses questions. Who are the two central defenders? Does Thiago act as the lone pivot in possession, or does he play alongside Javi Mart . . .