Hannover 96 – Bayern Munich: Bayern outclass Hannover with a phenomenal performance (0-4)
Bayern Munich celebrated a comfortable 4-0 victory over Hannover 96. The German Rekordmeister was able to dominate the whole match in possession and created endless scoring opportunities against an overstrained defense of Hannover. Even though Hannover coach André Breitenreiter changed formation during half-time, his side was completely unable to resist Bayern’s offense in the second half.
Tactical analysis by Max Bergmann.
Bayern was in need for points to keep pace with Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund and second-placed Borussia Mönchengladbach. Hannover 96 on the other hand is in a tough relegation battle at the bottom of the league table.
In the past few weeks, Bayern’s manager Niko Kovač has set his team up in a 4-2-3-1 formation, the double pivot 4-2-3-1 is one of the most frequently occurring formations in football. The two most defensive midfielders are called a ‘double pivot’. consisting of Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka. For this match however, Thiago Alcántara was brought into the central midfield next to Goretzka, and Kimmich was lined up on his “old” position as the right defender of Bayern’s back four. Furthermore, center-back Mats Hummels replaced Jérôme Boateng. Lastly, left winger Kingsley Coman was brought into the starting eleven for Franck Ribéry, who was rested and stayed in Munich altogether.
Home side Hannover deployed a 5-3-2 system. Since defender Oliver Sorg was suspended after being sent off with two yellow cards in the previous match against Mainz 05, Breitenreiter lined up center-back Felipe as the only change. Attacker Ihlas Bebou - who might have given the offense more . . .