Borussia Dortmund – Schalke 04: Effective Schalke Let Dortmund Boil Over In Revierderby (2-4)

Schalke produced a shock result away at Borussia Dortmund, heavily altering the title chances of their rivals. Although Dortmund were able to dominate most parts of the game in possession, Schalke’s 5-3-2 shape prevented them from creating many chances. On the opposite side, Schalke showed high efficiency with their offenisve moves. After two players of the home team were sent off in the second half of the game, Schalke could secure their win without much trouble.

Tactical analysis and match report by Max Bergmann.

When Borussia Dortmund meets Schalke 04 it is derby time in the Bundesliga. The so called “Revierderby” is one of the most popular derbies with already over 150 editions played. And although the sides follow completely different goals and compete at different ends of the table at the moment - Dortmund battling against Bayern Munich for the championship and Schalke stuck in the relegation battle - the “Revierderby” has its own rules.

As expected, Lucien Favre’s team started the game with a 4-2-3-1 setup. Versatile defender Abdou Diallo was lined up as a left back, while Marius Wolf defended on the other wing. In central defense, midfielder Julian Weigl has earned himself a permanent place in the second half of the campaign. Favre also did not change any position up front, compared to their recent 4-0 win over Freiburg. That meant that Marco Reus played behind striker Mario Götze.

Schalke sticked to their typical system as well, as Huub Stevens made no changes to his preferred 3-5-2 shape. Up front, Stevens lined up the robust Guido Burgstaller alongside the pacy Breel Embolo. Since Schalke played without wide forwards, wing-backs . . .

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Max Bergmann (21) likes to watch football from every possible angle as an ambitious coach, player, (former) referee and analyst. Holding the UEFA B-Level license, he is coaching youth teams and making video analysis. In order to extend his knowledge about tactics, physiology and psychology in sports, he is studying sports science. Whenever Max is not on the pitch or at the university, he analyses football with a focus on the Bundesliga and the other European top leagues for TotalFootballAnalysis and Between the Posts. [ View all posts ]

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