Borussia Dortmund – TSG 1899 Hoffenheim: How Did Dortmund Throw Away A Three-Goal Lead? (3-3)
Dortmund gave away a three-goal lead with fifteen minutes to play, at a moment when they are leading the league and thoroughly need wins to keep it that way. Not great, Bob. Not great.
Tactical analysis and match report by Erik Elias.
Dortmund went into the match without the injured trio Marco Reus, Manuel Akanji and Dan-Axel Zagadou, while nominal holding midfielder Thomas Delaney was injured. All the injuries at the back mean Julian Weigl has filled in as central defender in the past few weeks, partnering up with Abdou Diallo.
Mahmoud Dahoud played alongside Axel Witsel in the double pivot, 4-2-3-1 is one of the most frequently occurring formations in football. The two most defensive midfielders are called a ‘double pivot’. while Max Philipp got a start as the number ten, playing just behind striker Mario Götze. Raphaël Guerreiro has been playing as the left winger for some weeks now, while on the right, young English sensation Jadon Sancho is a guaranteed starter. Not only some players were missing, manager Lucien Favre himself was ill, which meant the game was coached by his assistant Edin Terzić.
With Kasim Adams and captain Kevin Vogt still out injured, Hoffenheim also had some personnel problems at the back. Manager Julian Nagelsmann did manage to field five defenders, from right to left Pavel Kadeřábek, Ermin Bičakčić, Stefan Posch, Benjamin Hübner and Nico Schulz.
The other five outfield players were Florian Grillitsch, Leonardo Bittencourt, Kerem Demirbay, Joelinton and Andrej Kramarić. Bittencourt’s role made it hard to put a numerical stamp on Hoffenheim’s formation. It . . .