Borussia Mönchengladbach – RasenBallsport Leipzig: Wolf Takes a Bite Out Of Nagelsmann’s Bizarre Game Plan (1-0)
Though the Bulls raised him, loanee Hannes Wolf delivered a first Bundesliga defeat to his parent club, in a game that was unusually dim considering what we have come to expect from these teams. The change of shape for Leipzig banished their efficient positional play, into a regressive buildup structure, whilst Borussia Mönchengladbach had passing problems of their own.
Tactical analysis and match report by Joel Parker.
In its second season, the Marco Rose revolution has not quite sparked into life, with Gladbach winning just two of their opening five games to the season. However, two mature performances against Internazionale and Real Madrid in the Champions League showcase that they are still a formidable force, able to implement an effective game plan off the ball, whilst threatening with rehearsed transitions forward.
Meanwhile, Leipzig entered game week six on top of the Bundesliga standings. With Timo Werner out of the picture, Nagelsmann has tinkered with his style to get the best out of his squad. In doing so, Leipzig are now retaining more possession and their positional play enables them to progress the ball easily. Though their 3-4-3 formation has kept their attacking numbers at the very top, problems are created when the diamond is matched in the center. Bayer Leverkusen, and more notably, Manchester United managed to nullify their buildup structure.
Gladbach made . . .