Hertha BSC – Bayern Munich: Bayern’s struggles in possession result in defeat at the Olympiastadion (2-0)

Hertha’s proactive attitude both when defending and attacking enabled them to get the better of a Niko Kovač-led side that never truly found its feet in the final third. Bayern’s positional issues in midfield never allowed them to get back into the match after Hertha made their early attacks count.

Having rotated in midweek and, coincidence or not, having also dropped their first points of the season in a 1-1 draw at home to Augsburg, Kovač resorted to a much stronger eleven for this clash. Franck Ribéry, Robert Lewandowski, James Rodríguez, Thiago Alcántara and David Alaba returned to the side, all of whom featured in last weekend’s 2-0 win over Schalke 04.

Despite an impressively strong start to the Bundesliga campaign, Hertha Berlin SC also came into this match off the back of a disappointing result, having lost 3-1 at the hands of SV Werder Bremen on Tuesday evening.

Hertha's coach Pál Dárdai made three changes from the eleven that started that game, including the decision to put goalkeeper Thomas Kraft back into the side. Salomon Kalou and Maximilian Mittelstädt were the other two names added to the eleven.

Bayern Munich's positioning and general movements in possession.

Hertha don’t allow Bayern to settle
Hertha were persistent on not letting Bayern rest in the opening stage of the match. They bravely pressed in a shape that could almost go toe-to-toe with every opposition player across the pitch. The home side’s main intentions seemed to be for them to stop the visitors from settling early on.

By being proactive in their . . .

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