SC Freiburg – Borussia Dortmund: Borussia Bottle Another Bundesliga Match-Up (2-2)
Another lackluster Borussia Dortmund performance resulted in them dropping points once again, drawing for the third consecutive time in the Bundesliga. SC Freiburg adapted out of their initial low-block, to put pressure on Dortmund’s backline, coming back twice from behind, to get a deserved result at the Schwarzwald-Stadion.
Tactical analysis and match report by Joel Parker.
SC Freiburg went into this game having enjoyed the best start to a Bundesliga campaign in their history. Third in the table, with thirteen points prior to this match-up, Freiburg have asserted themselves as the surprise package in the early stages of the season.
Christian Streich has used multiple formations during his eight years at Freiburg but has found recent success in the 3-4-3 system. Playing in this formation enables Streich’s team to build up on the flanks, but they prefer to use long balls to progress up the pitch.
Borussia Dortmund are currently in their worst league ranking since Lucien Favre was appointed as manager. Their leaky defense has held them back in eighth place, dropping points against both Werder Bremen and Eintracht Frankfurt, despite leading in both games.
Favre, of course, lined Dortmund up in a 4-2-3-1 formation; making just two changes to the team that beat Slavia Prague in midweek – Julian Brandt and Jadon Sancho being replaced by Mario Götze and Thorgan Hazard.
Dortmund attempt to play through the low-block
As almost every . . .