RasenBallsport Leipzig – Bayern Munich: True Chess Match Results In Draw (1-1)

This was one of the most fascinating tactical battles you will see all season. With some clever adaptations along the way from both coaches, it was a relentless back-and-forth chess match that could have resulted in a much higher score line on just about any other day. 

Tactical analysis and match report by Peter M

Following a blistering start to the season that saw them hold the Bundesliga’s top spot through the international break, Leipzig’s challenge for the crown was in full swing. The numbers in our prediction table also firmly back this up.

However, with a long, long way still to go, the hosts claiming a result against the reigning champions, here, would certainly be a huge boost for them, simultaneously sending a message to both Dortmund and Munich.

In Nagelsmann’s predictably unpredictable ways, he moved away from their more typical 4-2-2-2 setup, which beat Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-1 away from home, to a 3-5-2 system that saw Kevin Kampl make way for Nordi Mukiele.

Niko Kovač made a few changes from Bayern’s 6-1 whitewash of Mainz. Mostly sticking to a 4-2-3-1 ensemble, David Alaba, Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Perišić were left out of the starting eleven, with Jérôme Boateng returning to the side, seeing Lucas Hernández fill Alaba’s position. In attack, Thomas Müller was favored over the Brazilian, and Serge Gnabry . . .

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Peter (20), lives just outside of London. He’s been writing about tactics and such for over a year now, contributing to a couple of sites during that time. His main club is Arsenal but he’s also followed Real Betis quite heavily since Quique Setién took over last year. This form of writing has become a great passion of his and, although he’s unsure of what his end aim is, he’s enjoying being given new opportunities to continue doing so. [ View all posts ]


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