Schalke 04 – Borussia Dortmund: Wagner’s diamond unsettles Dortmund in the Revierderby (0-0)
The Revierderby rarely fails to live up to its billing, and such was the case again in this fiery affair. Schalke’s diamond press was at its sparkling best, as it had to be to stifle Dortmund. It ultimately resulted in a match consisting of minor breaks either way.
Tactical analysis and match report by Peter M.
Heading into his first Revierderby, Schalke manager David Wagner has seen his side improve on last season’s start by eight points. In the process, Schalke had recorded four wins by matchday six, a figure they only reached by matchday twelve in the 2018/19 season. Amidst this, and the tangle at the top of the table, their seventh-place position is positive, even without taking into consideration their one-point deficit to the league leaders.
Clearly, Wagner was more than content with the eleven he named in his side’s last outing – in a 2-0 away defeat to TSG Hoffenheim – since the only change made came in the form of Suat Serdar returning to central midfield in place of Alessandro Schöpf.
Sitting a few places above Schalke, Lucien Favre’s side might be a little disappointed not to have capitalized on the points being dropped by the reigning champions. Dortmund’s three draws in four league games have hardly strengthened their case as genuine title contenders.
The Swiss manager, who just last December oversaw Dortmund’s first derby win since November 2015, reverted to his favored 4-2-3-1 system following the back-three which lost . . .