Tag: Borussia Dortmund

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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Tactical analysis Dortmund - Borussia Mönchengladbach 2-1 Bundesliga

A match between the Bundesliga leaders and the current runners up holds a lot of promise. As a spectacle of sorts, the match did not deliver, but Borussia Dortmund and Borussia Mönchengladbach still offered a tactically interesting game between two possession based teams. The home side’s superior pressing setup proved crucial, holding off Gladbach’s attempt […]

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Revierderby tactics

The clash between rivals Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund contained interesting tactical setups and a derby mentality of either side. Dortmund managed to win due to their well-organized play in possession and Schalke’s reactive match-plan. Schalke is experiencing a disastrous season so far and was in dire need of points going into this match, to […]

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Tactical analysis BVB Dortmund - Bayern Munich 3-2

The best teams in the world think about attacking when they are defending, and think about defending when they are attacking. Bayern Munich failed to do the latter against Borussia Dortmund and offered too little defensive cover in transition from attack to defense. Bayern’s central defenders suffered badly, as Dortmund’s attackers feasted on space, and […]

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