Borussia Mönchengladbach – RasenBallsport Leipzig: Werner Bags Hat-trick In A Game Decided By Transitions (1-3)
Both teams were proactive both in and out of possession, making for an entertaining game. Gladbach showed plenty of promising moments throughout, but Leipzig’s compact pressing and creation of overloads around the ball in possession were difficult to deal with. The decisive moments came in transition for Leipzig though, aided by the lightening quick Timo Werner.
Tactical analysis and match report by Josh Manley.
The third Bundesliga matchday of the season presented an interesting Friday night fixture as two of Europe’s most promising and forward thinking coaches faced each other. In one dugout, there was Marco Rose, the former Red Bull Salzburg coach, now in charge at Borussia Mönchengladbach. In the other, there was Julian Nagelsmann who is already becoming widely acknowledged as a top coaching talent after his impressive work at Hoffenheim led him to a move to RB Leipzig.
Gladbach were looking for consecutive wins after last week’s victory away at Mainz, which followed an opening day draw against Schalke ‘04. For this game, coach Marco Rose switched away from his regularly used 4-3-1-2 formation in favour of a 4-2-3-1 shape. There was just one personnel change from the previous game as László Bénes dropped to the bench to be replaced by summer arrival Breel Embolo. Embolo started at the number ten position in Gladbach’s 4-2-3-1 shape, flanked by Fabian Johnson on the right and Marcus Thuram on the left, with Alassane Pléa leading the line as striker.
Leipzig had the opportunity to make it three wins on the bounce under their new manager after victories against Union Berlin and Eintracht . . .