Bundesliga

Revierderby tactics

The clash between rivals Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund contained interesting tactical setups and a derby mentality of either side. Dortmund managed to win due to their well-organized play in possession and Schalke’s reactive match-plan. Schalke is experiencing a disastrous season so far and was in dire need of points going into this match, to […]

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Tactical Analysis RB Leipzig - Borussia Monchengladbach 2-0 Bundesliga

The clash between Leipzig and Borussia Mönchengladbach was the top match of this Bundesliga round. Leipzig’s struggles in the Europa League makes the league their biggest chance to qualify for European football next season. By beating high-flying Gladbach, Leipzig took an important step in this direction. Leipzig’s strategy featured their characteristic high pressure defending and […]

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Tactical analysis Bayer Leverkusen - VfB Stuttgart

Over the whole match, Bayer 04 Leverkusen convinced with quick combination play, clever spacing and a good transition from attack to defense. However, it took a while before they found the key to unlock the compact VfB Stuttgart defense. Poor shot conversion and energetic defending by Stuttgart ensured both teams kept a clean sheet until […]

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Tactical analysis BVB Dortmund - Bayern Munich 3-2

The best teams in the world think about attacking when they are defending, and think about defending when they are attacking. Bayern Munich failed to do the latter against Borussia Dortmund and offered too little defensive cover in transition from attack to defense. Bayern’s central defenders suffered badly, as Dortmund’s attackers feasted on space, and […]

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Hertha’s proactive attitude both when defending and attacking enabled them to get the better of a Niko Kovač-led side that never truly found its feet in the final third. Bayern’s positional issues in midfield never allowed them to get back into the match after Hertha made their early attacks count. Having rotated in midweek and, […]

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Domenico Tedesco’s plans for an upset against Bayern were crushed by an early goal from James Rodríguez. Thanks to excellent fullback play by Joshua Kimmich and David Alaba, Bayern nullified the Schalke press and cruised to victory. This season, Domenico Tedesco’s Schalke 04 is still without a win in the Bundesliga. Not a great time […]

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Football is not fair and sometimes the ‘Football Gods’ like to remind us of that fact. The point with which Dortmund left Hoffenheim can be seen as such a reminder. How talent can make up for faulty tactics. Julian Nagelsmann’s final season as manager of Hoffenheim, before he takes over the reigns at RB Leipzig […]

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