RasenBallsport Leipzig – Borussia Dortmund: Dortmund’s relentless intensity suffocates Leipzig’s hopes of a result (0-1)

In a match where both teams ran themselves into the ground; where both sides never gave each other a moment’s rest; where both teams managed to direct and suffocate wide play, it was Dortmund’s dynamism in transition-based attacks that were the decisive factors and granted them a win.

Tactical analysis by Peter M.

Despite Leipzig’s last competitive match falling just short of a month ago now, Rangnick only felt the need to make one change from the side that beat SV Werder Bremen 3-2 on the final day on the Hinrunde. In for Willi Orban at center-back was Dayot Upamecano.

Lucien Favre’s hand was forced to a larger extent in the changes he had to make for this encounter. Julian Weigl was still required to fill in at center-back, this time pairing up with Abdou Diallo, and not Ömer Toprak. Whilst the midfield remained the same, a knock to Marco Reus made him a doubt not worth risking, so in stepped Maximilian Philipp for Dortmund’s star man. The other change up top saw Mario Götze reprise his role at number nine instead of Paco Alcácer.

Leipzig’s initial shape gives Dortmund the upper hand

This season, Leipzig are all about pressing triggers  A pressing trigger is a specific pass or movement by the opponent that draws out a coordinated team press. in the middle of the park. In their 4-3-3 formation, one of the triggers revolved around Dortmund’s holding midfielders. Whenever Axel Witsel or Thomas Delaney received the ball, that would be the cue for either Kevin Kampl or . . .

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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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