RasenBallsport Leipzig – Union Berlin: Resolute Union End Leipzig’s Unbeaten Streak (1-2)
In a game where the stakes were high in terms of the top four battle and the title race, Union Berlin's desire ultimately outdid eipzig's poise. Union's defensive shape became a talking point once again, as their opponents struggled to find solutions despite leading at half-time. Janik Haberer and Robin Knoche scored in the second half to seal another comeback victory.
Tactical analysis and match report by Rahul Madhavan.
Marco Rose’s Leipzig have played some flamboyant football this campaign and following a disappointing start, the results have started to swing their way as well. They were on an incredible eighteen-game unbeaten run and had the opportunity to jump to third in the Bundesliga with a victory over top-four rivals Union Berlin.
Leipzig started in a 3-4-3 formation with Janis Blaswich in goal. Mohamed Simakan, Lukas Klostermann, and Joško Gvardiol comprised the back three, while Benjamin Henrichs and Marcel Halstenberg played as the wing-backs. Konrad Laimer and Xaver Schlager formed the double pivot, with Dominik Szoboszlai, Timo Werner, and André Silva as the front three.
Meanwhile, Union’s fairytale rise to the top of the Bundesliga appeared to have taken a hit just before the eventual World Cup break. But the side from Germany’s capital city were well and truly back on the ascendancy and only four points separated them from Bayern Munich at the top. With several additions to the squad in the transfer market, Union were also on a four-game winning streak in the league.
Urs Fischer stuck with the 3-5-2 system with Frederik Rønnow between the posts, while Danilho Doekhi, Robin Knoche, and Diogo Leite completed . . .