1. FC Köln – Borussia Dortmund: Second Half Adjustments Help Dortmund to Comeback Victory (1-3)
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 having a significant influence on the game.
Tactical analysis and match report by Josh Manley.
Dortmund started the 2019/20 season in impressive fashion. After beating Bayern in the DFL-Supercup, they recorded a 5-1 victory at home to Augsburg as four second half goals gave them a convincing result after going behind in the first minute. New signing Julian Brandt was able to get on the scoresheet in that game as a substitute. There is justified optimism around the club following Brandt’s arrival in the summer alongside the likes of Mats Hummels and Thorgan Hazard, as well as Paco Alcácer making his loan deal permanent.
For this game, Dortmund made just one change from the lineup that beat Augsburg last week, with Roman Bürki replacing Marwin Hitz as goalkeeper. This meant Brandt remained as a substitute while Hazard lined up in attacking midfield in their familiar 4-2-3-1 formation alongside Marco Reus and Jadon Sancho, with Paco Alcácer leading the line as striker.
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