Tag: Borussia Dortmund

Despite a disappointing match in terms of goalmouth action and creativity, the individual quality of Dortmund’s players saw them through against a dogged and committed Wolfsburg side. Hero of the day? Paco Alcácer. Tactical analysis and match report by Carl Carpenter.  A victory over middle-of-the-pack Wolfsburg was an absolute necessity for Borussia Dortmund. In recent […]

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Tactical analysis Hertha BSC - Borussia Dortmund 2-3 Bundesliga

Following a trying number of weeks, few Borussia Dortmund players and supporters will have relished heading to the Olympiastadion to face Hertha Berlin: a team that enjoys nothing more than taking points of the Bundesliga’s top teams. Hertha lived up to their pre-match billing and proved a tough nut to crack, but thanks to the […]

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While Dortmund will probably argue they deserved much, much, more from this game, they did not take advantage of their opportunities in the first half because of good goalkeeping from Hugo Lloris as well as bad luck. After scoring the opener, Tottenham easily defended the lead and casually walked into the quarter-finals.   Tactical analysis […]

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Tactical analysis Borussia Dortmund - Bayer Leverkusen 3-2 Bundesliga

In a Bundesliga match of high quality and intensity, both sides demonstrated their respective strengths and weaknesses. Leverkusen impressed with a dominant possession-focused style of play, but failed to break their opponent down. Dortmund’s defensive compactness saw their offense reduced a lot, but they made up for it with efficient conversion to win three important […]

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Put aside many of the things Spurs did so well without the ball, and one could still argue that Dortmund were architects of their own downfall. The lacking threat in behind, the swelling of players around the ball and their inability to remotely deal with Spurs’ man-marking approach made escaping and creating chances an impossible […]

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Champions League preview

Isn’t this the best time of the year? The winter cold slowly fades away, to be replaced by the thin and hopeful sunlight of early spring. Club football enters its decisive phase, with lots to play for in every competition. Whatsmore, we’ve got Champions League football lined up this week. The world’s most watched competition […]

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Tactical analysis Eintracht Frankfurt - Borussia Dortmund

This contest was shaped by the tactical show put on by Frankfurt coach Adi Hütter. We witnessed one of the most intense and exciting first halves of European football this season. The one-sided focus of Frankfurt’s defensive structure left them more than just a little exposed to Dortmund’s transition-based attacks. At the same time, their […]

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In a match where both teams ran themselves into the ground; where both sides never gave each other a moment’s rest; where both teams managed to direct and suffocate wide play, it was Dortmund’s dynamism in transition-based attacks that were the decisive factors and granted them a win. Tactical analysis by Peter M. Despite Leipzig’s […]

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