Frankfurt – Bayern Munich: Franck Ribéry Helps Bayern To An Important Win In The Bundesliga Title Race (0-3)
After surviving Eintracht Frankfurt’s thunderous start, Bayern Munich got a well-deserved win. The high-flying home side initially caused the visitors significant problems with their pressing game, but Bayern managed to overcome this with a mix of tactical adjustments and individual skill.
Tactical analysis and match report by Rowdy Nossent.
Eintracht Frankfurt can look back on a great first half of the season. They won all six Europa League group stage games, and occupy the fifth position in the Bundesliga table. In the midweek round Frankfurt got a point in an away game against Mainz 05. Earlier this season, Frankfurt were unable to hold off Bayern in the German Super cup final, which culminated in a 5-0 loss. This last game before the winter break obviously was their chance to get revenge.
Bayern had a difficult start to the season resulting in a classic FC Hollywood ‘Krise’. Manager Niko Kovač - before the summer break manager of Frankfurt - seemed to have dealt with the problems now, as Bayern managed to collect twelve points from their last four Bundesliga games, including a 1-0 win in the difficult midweek clash against RB Leipzig. Nonetheless, Bayern still find themselves in a second position on the table. In order to keep track of league leaders Borussia Dortmund they were in absolute need of a win. Some pressure for the Rekordmeister.
Formations and lineups
Frankfurt manager Adi Hütter had decided to make one change from their midweek game against Mainz. With Jonathan de Guzman dropping to the bench, it was fellow countryman Jetro Willems . . .