Borussia Dortmund – Bayer Leverkusen: Dortmund’s Quick Attacks Expose Leverkusen’s Defense (4-0)
After a lot of turnovers in the first minutes, Leverkusen started to take control of the match. However, Dortmund were the one that took the lead; they were the better team until half-time with their quick combinations in attack. Leverkusen dominated possession in the second half, but three counterattacks from BVB in the beginning and the end of the second half decided the game.
Tactical analysis and match report by Jonas G.
Both teams started with two wins, but failed to hold the perfect record on matchday three. Despite lots of possession and outshooting Hoffenheim heavily, Leverkusen were held to a 0-0 draw before the international break. Borussia Dortmund deservedly received lots of criticism after losing 1-3 to newly promoted Union Berlin. Therefore, Dortmund were under pressure to win this game if they did not want to lose the connection to the first places.
Although the performance in Berlin was bad, Lucien Favre fielded nearly the same eleven, making only two changes. Łukasz Piszczek was replaced by left back Raphaël Guerreiro and Achraf Hakimi moved to the right back position. In addition to that, Julian Weigl had to take place on the bench after Axel Witsel returned from injury.
Peter Bosz made two changes in personnel and also changed the formation. Leverkusen used the 3-2-4-1 system the Dutch manager used a lot last season, but did not use in the first three games. Kerem Demirbay missed the game and was replaced by Nadiem Amiri, Leon Bailey was sacrificed for the new formation, with . . .