Borussia Dortmund – Borussia Mönchengladbach: Marco Reus Haunts Gladbach Again (1-0)
Once again, when Borussia Dortmund needed him, Marco Reus delivered the goods against his former employers. Dortmund showed stages of their free-flowing, clinical attacking football, but Borussia Mönchengladbach created enough opportunities to take points at Signal Iduna Park, in a match which somehow only had one goal in it.
Tactical analysis and match report by Joel Parker.
Having dropped points in their past three Bundesliga matches, pressure is growing on Lucien Favre to bring in results before Borussia Dortmund crash out of the title race before the first lap is even complete. Dortmund’s inadequacies have been on display so far this season, vulnerable when facing any sort of press, as well as playing in a predictable pedestrian tempo in their buildup.
Favre’s team are still scoring, but mistakes at the back have come at a cost. He made just three changes from their 2-2 draw away to SC Freiburg, Nico Schulz, Julian Weigl and Julian Brandt all returning to the starting lineup, as Favre rotated their formation from a 4-2-3-1 to a 4-4-2 shape.
Since Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 3-1 home defeat to RB Leipzig, they have gone on to win every single game in the Bundesliga. They now sit top, just a few months into Marco Rose’s reign. However, the trip to Signal Iduna Park was surely going to provide a mental block. Not only have Gladbach lost to Dortmund in their last eight matches, but they have not won a Bundesliga match while being top of the league since 1977.
Marco Rose has started to apply his fast attacking style to Mönchengladbach with great success so far. Rose . . .