Bayern Munich – Werder Bremen: Bayern Win Despite Werder’s Surprising 4-4-2 Formation (1-0)
Werder Bremen were able to surprise Bayern Munich with their unexpected 4-4-2 setup, and prevented them from creating many chances in the first half. When Werder were down to ten men in the second half, Bayern utilized their attacking power to full extent. Ultimately, the Bavarians needed a strike from outside the box by a central defender to turn this match into a win.
Tactical analysis and match report by Max Bergmann.
With their recent win over Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich could take over the pole position in the Bundesliga title race again. Nevertheless, with Dortmund being on Bayern’s tail, the German record champion were obliged to collect further points for another championship. In Werder Bremen, Bayern had to face one of the recently high-flying teams of the league. The side of Florian Kohfeldt had still scored in every single game of the season going into this matchup.
Bayern Munich played in their typical 4-2-3-1 system under Niko Kovač. With a Spanish double pivot 4-2-3-1 is one of the most frequently occurring formations in football. The two most defensive midfielders are called a ‘double pivot’. composed of Thiago Alcántara and Javi Martínez as well as Thomas Müller as a number ten. In central defense, Kovač lined up Mats Hummels next to Niklas Süle, as Jérôme Boateng was benched. Last but not least, goalkeeper Sven Ulreich was fielded between the posts as Manuel Neuer missed out due to an injury.
Werder coach Florian Kohfeldt decided to . . .