Borussia Mönchengladbach – Bayern Munich: Bayern’s Wing Attacks Destroy Gladbach (1-5)
Whereas Bayern Munich could impress with their attacking down the flanks and their good balance, Gladbach experienced a disappointing performance. Their defense was over-challenged by Bayern’s attacking department and lacked help by their midfielders. Therefore, the clash of the second-placed and the third-placed turned out to be rather uneven, as the final score shows.
Tactical analysis and match report by Max Bergmann.
In their first meetup, Gladbach surprised a lot of people by winning 3-0 in the Allianz Arena. Since that very mediocre period in the grey months October, November and a bit of December, Bayern’s manager Niko Kovač seems to have found the fitting system. Due to their recent success, a win would get Bayern level with current Bundesliga leader Borussia Dortmund. Gladbach on the other hand could only hope for three points to cement their spot within Germany’s top three.
Gladbach coach Dieter Hecking lined up his team in his preferred 4-1-4-1 formation. Christoph Kramer started as the single pivot behind the advanced midfielders Florian Neuhaus and Julian Hofmann. Moreover, French attacker Alassane Pléa replaced Patrick Herrmann on the wing, compared to the line-up in their recent defeat against Wolfsburg.
Due to a long list of injuries, Bayern had travelled to the west of Germany with a decimated squad. However, the squad of Bayern entailed enough quality to replace some regular players. Brazilian defender Rafinha took the place of nominal left back David Alaba. James Rodríguez took over the role of the central offensive midfielder, whereas Thomas Müller was lined up as the right winger. The Spanish double pivot 4-2-3-1 is one . . .