Eintracht Frankfurt – Borussia Dortmund: Marco Reus runs the show in a frenetic Bundesliga encounter shaped by Adi Hütter’s tactical setup (1-1)
This contest was shaped by the tactical show put on by Frankfurt coach Adi Hütter. We witnessed one of the most intense and exciting first halves of European football this season. The one-sided focus of Frankfurt’s defensive structure left them more than just a little exposed to Dortmund’s transition-based attacks. At the same time, their seemingly-panicked, two-dimensional attacking approach earned its rewards at a very sporadic rate.
Tactical analysis and match report by Peter M.
Niko Kovač’s successor in Frankfurt has, at the very least, met the fans’ expectations so far this season. Compared to this time last year, they were in roughly the same position, but for any qualms the fans may have, Frankfurt made up for lost ground by winning all six of their UEFA Europa League group games this season.
The Frankfurt coach named a mostly familiar eleven for this one. Pertaining to his 3-4-1-2 formation, Hütter replaced Simon Falette and David Abraham with Evan N’Dicka and Martin Hinteregger in the back three, whilst Jonathan de Guzmán made way for Gelson Fernandes in midfield.
Lucien Favre’s Dortmund are on a scintillating run of form that appears to be never-ending. In their charge to dethrone perennial winners Bayern Munich, they have refused to be knocked off top spot since matchday five and have won nine of their last ten league encounters, helping to maintain an impressive six-point gap over their title rivals. With this in mind, Favre named an almost identical lineup to the one that put five past Hannover the week before. Paco Alcácer for Mario Götze was the one tweak to . . .