Borussia Dortmund – FC Barcelona: Dortmund Fails To Reward Good Performance With Win (0-0)
The first half of this match between two teams from Europe’s elite was pretty even. Both teams played well, without creating obvious scoring chances. In the second half, Dortmund were the dominant team and focused on flank play. They failed to convert the biggest chance there is in football - a penalty kick - and as a result, the game ended goalless.
Tactical analysis and match report by Jonas G.
Borussia Dortmund faced FC Barcelona on the first matchday of the Champions League. Barcelona are favorites to win this group, and it is expected that Dortmund and Internazionale will battle it out for the second place. Given Inter’s draw at home against Slavia Praha, this game was a good chance to immediately take the initiative in the battle for second place.
Lucien Favre barely changed his team, after the convincing victory over Bayer Leverkusen on the weekend. The defensively more reliable Belgian international Thorgan Hazard started on the right, instead of Julian Brandt. Barcelona also only had one change in store: Luis Suárez replaced Carles Pérez and played as the central striker in the customary 4-3-3 formation. Antoine Griezmann moved to the left and Ansu Fati started on the right, setting a new record for the youngest player in the Champions League in the club’s history.
Barcelona cannot find a way through Dortmund’s compact defense
Like the hosts did against Leverkusen, they started this game with a high press as well, forcing Barcelona into playing long balls. They defended in a 4 . . .