FC Bayern Munich – RB Leipzig: Persistent Bayern Edge Out A Win Against An Effective Leipzig Press (1-0)
With a switch to a 4-4-2 formation, Ralf Rangnick’s Leipzig effectively pressed Bayern and prevented them from advancing to the final third and creating chances. Bayern turned the tables by bringing on Renato Sanches and watching as Leipzig’s press lost steam.
Tactical analysis and match report by José Perez.
Bayern Munich find themselves in a strange situation. After this victory, they now sit in third place in the Bundesliga table, a full six points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund. However, they have the best underlying expected goal numbers in Germany by far. Dortmund manager Lucien Favre might be a warlock of expected goal over-performance, but even with his team’s current points advantage, it would still be surprising to see Bayern lose the league.
Bayern coach Niko Kovač has tried different schemes to improve his team’s results, and against Leipzig, he used exactly the same lineup and 4-2-3-1 shape that demolished Hannover 96 over the weekend. Mats Hummels and Niklas Süle played in central defense, while Joshua Kimmich and David Alaba were the fullbacks. The midfield once again featured a double pivot of Thiago Alcántara and Leon Goretzka.
Up front, Thomas Müller had full freedom to roam behind striker Robert Lewandowski. Both attackers were flanked by Kingsley Coman on the left and Serge Gnabry on the right . . .