Borussia Dortmund – Internazionale: Dortmund’s Intensity Settles An Exciting Tactical Battle (3-2)
Down by one goal after five minutes, and trailing by two at the end of the first half, the game seemed to have slipped from Borussia Dortmund’s hands. However, in the second half, Favre’s men increased their intensity and suffocated Inter, until they eventually scored the three goals necessary to collect a deserved win. Incisive crossing, pressing, and counterpressing were the key ingredients for a spectacular comeback.
Tactical analysis and match report by Kareem Bianchi.
When Inter won against Borussia Dortmund at San Siro in what was described as an efficient display, many of the forecasts that were down after Inter’s slow start to the group saw a quick turnaround. Borussia Dortmund still enjoyed the upper hand that came with a home match, but the erratic nature of Lucien Favre’s men shed a dim of hope to which Inter could ignite the ardent flames that Antonio Conte always unleashes when his team steps onto the field. The same raging fire that uncontrollably consumed Dortmund’s attacking flair in Milan, reduced to none as Inter’s flames fed off their opponent, growing in magnitude until Favre’s defense could bear no more.
In the away match, Favre had to do with Marco Reus’ and Paco Alcácer’s absences, which propelled the Swiss manager into diverting away from his classic 4-2-3-1 shape in favor of a 3-4-3 formation that, theoretically, should have coped with Inter’s strikers’ movements better. Julian Weigl featured in . . .