Borussia Mönchengladbach – AS Roma: Gladbach Leave It Late To Clinch Deserved Victory (2-1)

The twists and turns of another intense affair between these two sides seemed to be heavily influenced by Gladbach’s defenders and the aggression they did, and did not, showcase throughout – turning their press from impeccable to exposed. Marco Rose made several changes along the way, whichhelped to establish firmer control for the home side, who mostly dominated proceedings with and without the ball.
Tactical analysis and match report by Peter Munnely

The eleven laid out for this pivotal clash for the Bundesliga leaders was fairly similar to that of the Leverkusen game, in which they won 2-1. Playing a similar back three system, where only three changes were made: Christoph Kramer and Jonas Hofmann were dropped from the midfield trio to see the returns of László Bénes and Denis Zakaria, and up top, the experienced Lars Stindl  came in ahead of Patrick Herrmann, partnering Marcus Thuram.

Roma were also on the winning end of a 2-1 scoreline, when they faced SSC Napoli on Saturday, and manager Paolo Fonseca was clearly impressed with his side’s performance, as the only changes made were through Leonardo Spinazzola and Mert Çetin. They exited the defense, to be replaced by Federico Fazio and Davide Santon. Otherwise, it was the same 4-2-3-1 setup also seen in the home match against their German opponents. 

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Peter (20), lives just outside of London. He’s been writing about tactics and such for over a year now, contributing to a couple of sites during that time. His main club is Arsenal but he’s also followed Real Betis quite heavily since Quique Setién took over last year. This form of writing has become a great passion of his and, although he’s unsure of what his end aim is, he’s enjoying being given new opportunities to continue doing so. [ View all posts ]


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