RasenBallsport Leipzig – 1. FC Köln: Vintage and Versatile Attacking Display (4-1)

RasenBallsport Leipzig continued their fantastic form, producing a classic display against 1. FC Köln to take them just a point from leading the league. They broke down Köln’s 4-1-4-1 low block in impressive fashion, displaying a variety of passing sequences and transitions to give them access to the final third time and time again. 

Tactical analysis and match report by Joel Parker.

Matchday twelve of the Bundesliga season pitched two teams from East and West of Germany, yet positioned North and South in the league standings. Julian Nagelsmann has evolved RB Leipzig from an impressive block with fast attacking transitions, to an interchangeable and versatile offensive machine – which has seen them score twenty goals in their last four fixtures.

Naglesmann’s team selection is dependent on the opponent RB Leipzig are facing, but we often see them play in 4-2-2-2 / 3-5-2 formations. He would start with the former for the latest test, their only change coming at the right back position, where the injured Nordi Mukiele was replaced by Lukas Klostermann. 

FC Köln’s return to Germany’s top-flight has not panned out the way they had hoped at the start of the season. Seventeenth in the table, two wins all season and a lack of chance creation and goal scoring; a dreadful record led to Achim Beierlorzer – only four months in charge – being sacked earlier in the month.

Markus Gisdol was appointed last Monday to turn the ship. Gisdol’s previous appointment was at Hamburger SV, who have not been seen in the Bundesliga since – two relegations on his resume . . .

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