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Bayern Munich made a slight change to their usual 4-2-3-1 shape, marked by a focus to left-sided play and more positional freedom for Kimmich and Tolisso. Dortmund frequently played through Bayern’s high press and scored twice, and even could have done more damage. Eventually, it was individual quality from Kimmich that made the difference as […]

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Hoffenheim’s 5-3-2 low to medium block stymied Bayern’s wing progressions, while their commitment to the long ball negated Bayern’s pressing dominance and in the process robbed the guests of a key facet of their game. Stubborn finishing made matters worse for Flick’s side, as Hoffenheim romped to a lavish victory.   Tactical analysis and match report […]

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Nagelsmann tactics leipzig

A fast-paced affair at the BayArena ended in a draw as neither side was able to create a lot of chances. Julian Nagelsmann’s touchline theatrics laid bare his frustrations, as Leipzig’s lack of offensive prowess threatened to cast a pall on the manager’s sophomore season. Tactical analysis and match report by Manasvin Andra.  With both […]

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Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Mönchengladbach provided each other with a tough test to kick off their Bundesliga campaigns. Matching up in similar three-at-the-back shapes, these two were generally tough to separate in this contest. It was Dortmund’s young attacking core that provided the cutting edge that Mönchengladbach lacked as a notable attacking pair were absent […]

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Tactical analysis Bayer Leverkusen Bayern Munich 2-4 DFB-pokal

A dominant first half display helped Bayern Munich seize the advantage, but second half changes from Peter Bosz saw Bayer Leverkusen pose serious problems for the champions. However, Leverkusen were unable to press their advantage, as poor finishing saw them concede the DFB-Pokal in a game that should have been a more even contest. Tactical […]

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The final matchday of the 2019-20 Bundesliga season saw Borussia Mönchengladbach needing only one point to secure Champions League participation. Marco Rose’s side delivered on this aim in style, as striker Breel Embolo put the finishing touches on a superb season for one of Germany’s great entertainers. Tactical analysis and match report by Manasvin Andra.  With […]

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Leverkusen faded after a bright start, as Krzysztof Piątek put in a superb showing to snap Hertha Berlin’s three-game losing streak and secure the win on the season’s penultimate match day.  Tactical analysis and match report by Manasvin Andra.  With Champions League football hanging in the balance, this was a gameLeverkusen absolutely needed to win. […]

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Replicant setups might have placed the two sides on level playing fields, but it was the gap in the quality of execution that separated the two, both offensively and defensively. The minutiae of Dortmund’s mechanisms unraveled an attacking Leipzig outfit that was unusually limp.  Tactical analysis and match report by Peter Munnelly. Following another desperately disappointing […]

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