Bayern Munich – Borussia Dortmund: Kimmich Brilliance Helps Bayern Stave Off Dortmund Comeback (3-2)

Bayern Munich made a slight change to their usual 4-2-3-1 shape, marked by a focus to left-sided play and more positional freedom for Kimmich and Tolisso. Dortmund frequently played through Bayern’s high press and scored twice, and even could have done more damage. Eventually, it was individual quality from Kimmich that made the difference as the game lost intensity near the end.

Tactical analysis and match report by Julian Chingoma.

The German Super Cup was contested between treble winners Bayern Munich and Bundesliga runners-up Borussia Dortmund. Both sides were coming off of shock Bundesliga defeats. Augsburg, who barely survived relegation last season, were surprise 2-0 winners over Dortmund. Meanwhile, Bayern were turned over in stunning fashion, losing 4-1 away to TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. Significant rotation, necessitated by the congested schedule, was on the cards from both managers. 

Manuel Neuer remained in goal for Hansi Flick’s Bayern side. Niklas Süle and Lucas Hernández were brought in to form the central-defensive partnership. Benjamin Pavard and Alphonso Davies retained their spots as fullbacks. Javi Martinez made his way into midfield where he would usually act as the deepest midfielder between himself, Joshua Kimmich and Corentin Tolisso. This led to a slight change from their usual 4-2-3-1 shape as the depth of Kimmich would alternate the midfield structure between 1-2 and 2-1 shapes. Kingsley Coman and Robert Lewandowski were drafted to complete the attacking trio alongside Thomas Müller, now playing on the right.

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