Bundesliga

After a lot of turnovers in the first minutes, Leverkusen started to take control of the match. However, Dortmund were the one that took the lead; they were the better team until half-time with their quick combinations in attack. Leverkusen dominated possession in the second half, but three counterattacks from BVB in the beginning and […]

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Tactical analysis Bayer Leverkusen TSG Hoffenheim 0-0 Bundesliga

A game completely dictated by Peter Bosz’s Leverkusen hinged, for them at least, on what they could produce through their own attacking approach. The result: very little. Short and predictable plays were at the forefront of their frustrations as Hoffenheim’s Alfred Schreuder looked to be more direct in his offensive approach. Tactical analysis and match […]

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Tactical analysis Borussia Mönchengladbach RB Leipzig 1-3 Bundesliga

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 […]

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Tactical analysis RB Leipzig Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 Bundesliga

RB Leipzig’s clash with Eintracht Frankfurt was a perfect example of football’s unparalleled fluidity and constantly evolving nature. The game began in chaos, before briefly bending to the will of Julian Nagelsmann’s tactics. Frankfurt adapted towards the end of the first half and exerted a surprising amount of control in the second. An eightieth minute […]

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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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