RasenBallsport Leipzig – Bayern Munich: Goretzka Goal Gashes Leipzig Hopes (0-1)
A single goal was all it took to decide this topspiel, but this was a missed opportunity for RB Leipzig who were the better side for long stretches of the game. With Bayern Munich reduced to attacking through transitions, the chance to take at least a point was available, but Dani Olmo missed a gilt-edged chance in the second half that could have changed the course of the match.
Tactical analysis and match report by Manasvin Andra.
The end of the international break coincided with a wonderful slate of fixtures that provided a welcome return to club football. Key to this was the Bundesliga’s Saturday night showpiece , as Julian Nagelsmann’s RB Leipzig hosted Hansi Flick’s Bayern Munich at the Red Bull Arena. With the two sides separated by just four points, a Leipzig win could blow the title race wide open, while the visitors could take a commanding lead in the standings if they were able to take all three points.
Interestingly, though Bayern came into this game as the leaders, key injuries and absences made this a more even battle than past encounters. Leipzig were without primary attacking threat and key buildup figures in Angeliño and Marcel Halstenberg respectively, forcing Nagelsmann to deploy a base 3-4-1-2 shape which varied heavily throughout the match.
Péter Gulácsi was shielded by Willi Orban, Dayot Upamecano and Lukas Klostermann, with the double pivot Two central midfielders next to each other. of Marcel Sabitzer and Tyler Adams flanked by wing-backs Amadou Haidara and Nordi Mukiele. Dani Olmo slotted in as the attacking midfielder, supporting the striker duo of Emil Forsberg and Christopher Nkunku.
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