Eintracht Frankfurt – Bayern Munich: Surging Frankfurt Stun Faltering Bayern (2-1)
A superb first half game plan saw Eintracht Frankfurt seal a shock win over the reigning champions, though their performance in the second half meant they were close to throwing away their lead. Still, Adi Hütter’s tactical approach was perfectly tailored to expose the weak links in the Bayern defense, which the champions fixed before coming out for the second half. However, Frankfurt held onto their lead, with the result that the title race once again looks (slightly) open.
Tactical analysis and match report by Manasvin Andra.
Bolstered by striker André Silva’s goals and manager Adi Hütter’s sturdy organization, Eintracht Frankfurt have enjoyed a surprisingly good campaign so far. Coming into this game in fourth place, they look like a settled team where everyone knows their role, allowing for the kind of consistency that has eluded teams like Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen this season.
However, they suffered a blow before the game could even begin, with Silva ruled out due to a back injury. With Real Madrid loanee Luka Jović taking his place, the question was whether they could put up a fight against the champions, who have gotten the better of Frankfurt in recent meetings.
In any case, this was a familiar lineup from the home side, organized in their preferred 3-4-3 formation. Goalkeeper Kevin Trapp was protected by a defense composed of Obite N'Dicka, Martin Hinteregger and Tuta, with the double pivot Two central midfielders next to each other. of Sebastian Rode and Makoto Hasebe in front . . .