RasenBallsport Leipzig – Eintracht Frankfurt: Leipzig Survive A Limp Second Half Thanks To A Brilliant Yussuf Poulsen Volley (2-1)
RB Leipzig’s clash with Eintracht Frankfurt was a perfect example of football’s unparalleled fluidity and constantly evolving nature. The game began in chaos, before briefly bending to the will of Julian Nagelsmann’s tactics. Frankfurt adapted towards the end of the first half and exerted a surprising amount of control in the second. An eightieth minute Poulsen volley returned the game to chaos, allowing Frankfurt to score a late consolation goal.
Tactical analysis and match report by Om Arvind.
RasenBallsport Leipzig’s rise to the Bundesliga has been as rapid as it has been controversial. Founded in 2009 by the company that sells the Red Bull sports drink, RB Leipzig rocketed from the fifth tier of German football to the top flight in a mere eight years. 365 days after making the Bundesliga, Leipzig established itself as a Champions League-caliber team, finishing second and third, respectively, in the 2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons.
The challenge for Leipzig, now, is to make that final and most difficult leap to leaders of Germany. To prepare themselves to do so, they spent cleverly on left winger Ademola Lookman from Everton and central midfielder Christopher Nkunku from Paris Saint-Germain – both of whom are 21 years of age. They also brought in 32-year-old managing prodigy Julian Nagelsmann over the summer, who represents the ethos of Leipzig’s entire approach – signing young talents who are well-versed (or can be well-versed) in modern tactical systems.
Such a strategy roughly resembles what Borussia Dortmund did under Jürgen Klopp and have tried to do since his departure. And, yet, despite the Black and Yellow’s best efforts, Bayern Munich have been on . . .