VfL Wolfsburg – Borussia Dortmund: Dortmund’s Wing-Back Duo Seal A Crucial Win (0-2)

Another weekend of Bundesliga football rolled into action and this match between VfL Wolfsburg and Borussia Dortmund was amongst the standout fixtures. Dortmund’s individual quality proved decisive in a game where both sides found their own unique struggles in possession.

Tactical analysis and match report by Julian Chingoma.

Both sides headed into this clash coming off winning efforts in their first games after Bundesliga football’s restart. Wolfsburg had snatched a late 2-1 victory away to Augsburg while Dortmund were impressive in their 4-0 rout of Schalke 04. The home side arrived in control of the race for Europa League football, as they laid in sixth place, while Dortmund were in second and chasing league-leaders Bayern Munich. A second consecutive win, coming out of football’s suspension, would’ve been the aim for both managers.

Wolfsburg manager Oliver Glasner made a few changes to his starting eleven from their last outing. Josip Brekalo, João Victor and Paulo Otávio made way for Wout Weghorst, Daniel Ginczek and Jérôme Roussillon. Lining up in the goal for the hosts was Koen Casteels, as their 4-4-2 formation had central defenders Marin Pongračić and John Brooks at the heart of the back four. Meanwhile left back Roussillon returned to join his right-sided counterpart Kevin Mbabu, after settling for an appearance off the bench against Augsburg. Xaver Schlager and Maximilian Arnold retained their roles in central midfield while Renato Steffen and Admir Mehmedi were the men out wide. Star striker Weghorst also returned up front to form a pair with Ginczek, the scorer of Wolfsburg’s winning goal against Augsburg.

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