RasenBallsport Leipzig – Borussia Dortmund: Dortmund Transitions Rip Leipzig Apart (1-4)
Borussia Dortmund seemed to take the final of the DfB-Pokal as an invitation to demonstrate the power of counterattacks, as they eviscerated Julian Nagelsmann’s RB Leipzig in a spellbinding first half. While the Leipzig players looked to manipulate Dortmund with their combinations, Dortmund decided to punch a hole through the middle against the Leipzig high line, with Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland taking turns to inflict the carnage.
Tactical analysis and match report by Manasvin Andra.
For Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig, the 2020/21 campaign has been one of disappointment and missed opportunities. Leipzig aimed to rein in runaway champions Bayern Munich, but inconsistency proved their undoing as they dropped points from winning positions and made games harder for themselves with poor finishing. Further, the campaign was bookended by announcements that highly rated defender Dayot Upamecano and manager Julian Nagelsmann were both departing to Bayern, once again gutting a real competitor to the Bavarians without giving them an opportunity to build. Still, this game provided an opportunity to put all of this behind them, and focus on ending Nagelsmann’s time in charge with at least one piece of silverware.