Internazionale – Borussia Dortmund: Efficient Inter Beats A Strong Dortmund Side Despite A Disappointing Performance (2-0)
Dortmund dominated possession in the first half but failed to create dangerous situations, while Inter used their only real chance to take the lead. Dortmund's good possession game improved even more in the second half and caused Inter serious problems, but eventually their defense was good enough to retain the lead. In the end, a counterattack led to the second and decisive goal.
Tactical analysis and match report by Jonas G.
It was expected that Inter and Dortmund would fight it out for the second place in this group, behind Barcelona. However, Inter drew against the supposedly worst team in the group – Slavia Prague – on matchday one, and lost away at Barcelona. For that reason, with Dortmund earning four points in the first two matches, Inter hadto win this game in order to keep their chances of qualifying for the knockout stage up.
Antonio Conte fielded his 3-1-4-2 formation with the familiar names in the lineup. Compared to their win over Sassuolo in the weekend, the Italian manager made two changes. Diego Godín returned to the lineup and Kwadwo Asamoah started as left wing-back instead of Cristiano Biraghi.
On the other side, Lucien Favre surprisingly changed his system. Instead of the 4-2-3-1 shape Dortmund use for the majority of games, he opted for a 3-4-3 formation. Due to the missing of Marco Reus (ill) and Paco Alcácer (injured), the front three consisted of Jadon Sancho, Julian Brandt and Thorgan Hazard. The wing-back positions were filled by the athletic players Achraf Hakimi and Nico Schulz. Usually a defensive midfielder, Julian Weigl started . . .