Bundesliga

Structural incompetence in defense and divine striking of the football defined Schalke 04’s fixture against reigning champions Bayern Munich. David Wagner’s second game in charge suggested he has no chance against top teams, whilst Niko Kovač’s tactical tweak in shape allowed Bayern to look dangerous and flexible once again. Tactical analysis and match report by […]

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Tactical analysis 1. FC Koln Borussia Dortmund 1-3 Bundesliga

Dortmund were uninspiring for most of the first hour of the game as their usual setup seemed unsuited to break through 1. FC Köln’s pressing. At sixty minutes though, Favre brought on Julian Brandt and Achraf Hakimi, and switched the formation,  which helped Dortmund’s possession game. They eventually came back to win, with the substitutes […]

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Tactical analysis Borussia Monchengladbach Schalke 04 Bundesliga

Adopting new systems and styles can result in your team underperforming, whilst getting used to it. Both Borussia Mönchengladbach and Schalke ‘04 showed glimpses of quality, but the score remained goalless thanks to Gladbach’s high counterpressing and Schalke’s positional play out of possession. Tactical analysis and match report by Joel Parker. The opening weekend of […]

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Tactical analysis Bayern Munich Eintracht Frankfurt 5-1

Bayern Munich could win the Bundesliga title for the seventh time in a row. In a game full of Bayern domination against the challenged defensive department of Eintracht Frankfurt, the home side made efficient use of their abundance of scoring opportunities. Frankfurt could not cope with Bayern’s fast and skillful attackers and only scored a […]

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Because of Leipzig’s active press, Bayern Munich struggled in possession and were not capable of creating many scoring opportunities in a match that could have made them Bundesliga champions. Therefore, a tactical battle between Ralf Rangnick and Niko Kovač ended in a goalless draw. Tactical analysis of a high quality Bundesliga game. Tactical analysis and […]

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Bayer Leverkusen demonstrated their exciting possession game under coach Peter Bosz in a 6-1 thrashing of Eintracht Frankfurt. Leverkusen’s numbers tens Julian Brandt and Kai Havertz were able to dominate the game from the halfspaces against Frankfurt’s inadequate pressing, as Leverkusen stormed to an insurmountable lead early on. A change of system did little to […]

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In a direct duel for a European competition spot, Hoffenheim controlled the first half through possession. By overloading space between the lines, Hoffenheim were creating chances at will, while Gladbach lacked penetrating power. In the second half, Gladbach switched formation, which allowed them to make use of space in wide areas. Exactly this led to […]

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