Eintracht Frankfurt – RasenBallsport Leipzig: Second Half Tweaks Pivotal But Insufficient To Break Down Rugged Frankfurt Block (1-1)
An exhausting game pitted defense against attack as Eintracht Frankfurt’s plan was predicated almost entirely on Leipzig’s manoeuvres in possession. Though this seemed to pay dividends with the home side taking the lead just before half time, Julian Nagelsmann’s second half adjustments saw Leipzig storm back into the contest. However, even these changes weren’t enough to completely reverse the tables on Frankfurt, who held out to secure the draw.
Tactical analysis and match report by Manasvin Andra.
It has been a topsy-turvy campaign for Eintracht Frankfurt, who have recorded just three wins this season and came into this game on the back of consecutive draws against Werder Bremen and Stuttgart. Against this backdrop, a game against high flying RasenBallsport Leipzig would not have inspired much hope in Adi Hütter’s side, who needed a morale boosting result to resurrect their season.
To this end, Hütter appeared to ditch the three-man defense that has been his hallmark as Frankfurt manager in favour of a 4-2-3-1 setup. The defense consisted of Obite N'Dicka, Martin Hinteregger, David Abraham and Erik Durm. Ahead of them sat the double pivot Two central midfielders next to each other. of Stefan Ilsanker and Djibril Sow, with Daichi Kamada in the number ten role flanked by Aymen Barkok and Filip Kostić. André Silva led the line for the visitors.
After bouncing back from a disjointed performance against Borussia Mönchengladbach with a superb win against Paris Saint-Germain, Julian Nagelsmann’s side looked to return to the title contending form that they have displayed in the new season. For the most part, Leipzig seem to be unaffected by the loss of primary scoring threat Timo . . .