RasenBallsport Leipzig – Bayern Munich: Stable Defense And Able Pressing Postpone Bayern’s Championship (0-0)

Because of Leipzig’s active press, Bayern Munich struggled in possession and were not capable of creating many scoring opportunities in a match that could have made them Bundesliga champions. Therefore, a tactical battle between Ralf Rangnick and Niko Kovač ended in a goalless draw. Tactical analysis of a high quality Bundesliga game.

Tactical analysis and match report by Max Bergmann.

The only thing at stake for Leipzig in this match was their pride, and testing their abilities against the best side in the country. They will end the season in third place and their growth as a club goes at such a rapid pace one easily forgets this was only their third Bundesliga season. Bayern’s season is far from over, as they needed a win here to celebrate another Bundesliga championship, solidifying their nickname of Rekordmeister in the process.  

Leipzig deployed a 4-4-2 diamond formation. With the fast striking partnership of Timo Werner and Yussuf Poulsen, Leipzig aimed at threatening the space behind Bayern’s defense. Directly behind the two attackers, Emil Forsberg lined up in the role of number ten.

Niko Kovač’s customary formation has become 4-2-3-1. This time, Leon Goretzka paired up with Thiago Alcántara, forming the double pivot 4-2-3-1 is one of the most frequently occurring formations in football. The two most defensive midfielders are called a ‘double pivot’. in midfield. Thomas Müller was supposed to offer passing options in advanced areas and occupy the space between the lines. And the attacking trio with striker Robert Lewandowski and winger Kingsley Coman and Serge Gnabry were tasked to threaten the goal of the home-side.

Leipzig . . .

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Max Bergmann (21) likes to watch football from every possible angle as an ambitious coach, player, (former) referee and analyst. Holding the UEFA B-Level license, he is coaching youth teams and making video analysis. In order to extend his knowledge about tactics, physiology and psychology in sports, he is studying sports science. Whenever Max is not on the pitch or at the university, he analyses football with a focus on the Bundesliga and the other European top leagues for TotalFootballAnalysis and Between the Posts. [ View all posts ]


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