RasenBallsport Leipzig – Eintracht Frankfurt: Similar Formations Leads To Neutralizing Effect (1-1)

The meeting of two of the Bundesliga’s most tactically interesting sides resulted in a draw, with similar ideas having a neutralizing effect in the absence of superior personnel. Eintracht Frankfurt’s uneven run continues with this draw, while Leipzig missed out on an opportunity to draw to within two points of league leaders Bayern Munich.
Tactical analysis and match report by Manasvin Andra.

Leipzig came into this game on the back of strong form in the Bundesliga, with consecutive wins over Borussia Mönchengladbach, Wolfsburg and Freiburg giving way to a disappointing exit from Europe at the hands of Liverpool. However, a return to league action allowed them to continue a hopeful title charge, with the gap to leaders Bayern Munich not as big as once expected.

Angeliño’s absence has seen Julian Nagelsmann opt for a 4-2-3-1 shape which was once again the preferred choice. Yussuf Poulsen led the line and was supported by Emil Forsberg and wingers Justin Kluivert and Alexander Sørloth. Marcel Sabitzer and Amadou Haidara formed the central midfield duo, shielding a defense consisting of Marcel Halstenberg, Willi Orban, Dayot Upamecano and Nordi Mukiele. As usual, Péter Gulácsi took his place in goal.

Eintracht Frankfurt’s superb win over Bayern has not kicked off the run they were perhaps expecting as they dropped points against Werder Bremen and Stuttgart in subsequent games. They lined up in a 3-1-4-2 shape for this game, with the defense of Obite N'Dicka, Stefan Ilsanker and Tuta shielding Kevin Trapp in goal. The five-man midfield comprised of Makoto . . .

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