RB Leipzig – SC Freiburg: Finishing woes leave a bitter taste in Leipzig mouths (1-1)
Julian Nagelsmann’s centrally-congestive attack looked to combine in direct fashion, but an all-too-familiar problem in the conversion of their chances made hard work against Freiburg on a snatch-and-grab mission.
Tactical analysis and match report by Peter Munnelly.
After its two-month disruption, football’s return is welcomed by Nagelsmann, whose intentions to remain hot on the heels of league-leaders Bayern Munich have now resumed. The manager fielded the same 3-4-3 system that he used in their 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur last time out, albeit with a few changes.
A shift in the back-line saw Tyler Adams take on the right-wing-back role, with Dayot Upamecano making way and Lukas Klostermann slotting into the middle of the back-three. Further up the pitch, Kevin Kampl was entrusted to partner Konrad Laimer ahead of Marcel Sabitzer in the center of midfield, while Yussuf Poulsen returned to fill the role of nominal target man over Patrík Schick.
Christian Streich’s Freiburg were no more than a point away from the top six during the season’s disruption, so, with keeping up the pace for European qualification in mind, the manager maintained the exact same 3-4-3 setup and the exact same lineup that was used in their 3-1 win over Union Berlin last time out.
Away side get to grips with the intense pressure
Mirroring shapes made closing Freiburg down a little easier for Nagelsmann’s side right from the start, and their opposition . . .