TSG 1899 Hoffenheim – Bayern Munich: Bayern’s midfield trio brings important Bundesliga victory (1-3)
The second half of the Bundesliga campaign started with a match between two top teams, both with a rather unsatisfying first half of the season. An improved balance with a new midfield trio saw Bayern Munich completely dominate the first half. TSG Hoffenheim awoke after Nagelsmann’s tactical adjustment, but could not turn the game around.
Tactical analysis and match report by Max Bergmann.
Julian Nagelsmann set his team up in a 5-3-2 system like in the first match against Munich. Hoffenheim opted to disrupt Bayern’s buildup play early with this formation, with the back-five allowing to press high up the pitch, when the wing-backs move forward.
Niko Kovač chose a 4-2-3-1 system to gain the balance that Bayern often missed in the first half of the season. With a double pivot 4-2-3-1 is one of the most frequently occurring formations in football. The two most defensive midfielders are called a ‘double pivot’. in midfield, Bayern always had two central midfielders to cover the attack. Whereas midfielder Leon Goretzka mostly played as a defensive midfielder in the first half of the campaign, Kovač lined him up as an offensive midfielder against Hoffenheim. This led to a Spanish double pivot as Javi Martínez joined Thiago Alcántara in the center.
Bayern were the favorites going into this match, but had every risk of dropping points. A win would bring them more or less odds-on with Dortmund for the Bundesliga title.
Bayern dominate the first half
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