RasenballSport Leipzig – Bayern Munich: A Game More Even Than The Scoreline Suggests (0-3)
If you play Bayern Munich and the game is fifty-fifty, you have to score your chances. Leipzig did not. As a result, despite the fact this was an even match for large spells, they were forced to watch Bayern win the DFB Pokal.
Tactical analysis and match report by Erik Elias.
In a time where domestic cups and league titles mean less and less for the elite, it is hard not to root for the underdog in cup finals like these. Even when Leipzig are by no means a small club. Our model even suggests they might have been the second best team in Germany this season, ahead of Dortmund, but that is a tale for another day. Yet Leipzig’s turnover is dwarfed by that of Bayern, which went well over 600 million euros for the 2017/18 season.
In addition to serving as an example of the growing financial inequality in European football, this cup final was littered with other storylines. It was the last game for majestic wingers Arjen Robben and Franck Ribéry, who put in a combined 22 seasons at Bayern. It might have been the last professional game Ralf Rangnick ever coached, as he will take up his nominal position of technical director again after the summer, with Julian Nagelsmann coming in as manager. And it was also the third final in succession for Bayern manager Niko Kovač, who reached the . . .