Borussia Dortmund are heading towards one of their worst seasons in years, and it is in large part due to the tactics of their new manager – Marco Rose. But quite confusingly, they continue to grind out wins. Rose has set his team up to play in a diamond midfield formation, that suits one single player in the squad, and nobody else, yet somehow they’ve escaped complete desperation two weeks in a row. The Black & Yellows currently sit second in the table as things stand, three points off the top, but they are very lucky to be anywhere near that.
The Bundesliga continues to entertain as ever, with intriguing tactics as the managerial merry go round of last year settles down to a simmer. Matchday 2 saw Leipzig smash Stuttgart, Freiburg stun Dortmund, and Leverkusen rip Gladbach apart. Here is our tactical review of some of the key matches!
The Bundesliga is back! Here is our Tactical Review for Gameweek 1. Be sure to continue checking back for more tactical analyses on more matches as the weekend progresses.
Bayer Leverkusen have announced their first major signing of the Gerardo Seoane era, with Mitchel Bakker joining from Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint Germain. At just 21-years-old, the reported €7 million fee for the Dutchman is an absolute coup.
Very rarely has a manager dominated their domestic league over a three season period like BSC Young Boys’ Gerardo Seoane. The Swiss manager has led his Bern-based team to a shocking 81 points in 35 matches this season, nearly 30 more than second place FC Basel on 53. With his unique style of football and winning mentality, a host of Bundesliga clubs were interested in securing the signature of Seoane, with the Swiss ultimately signing on for Bayer Leverkusen. So ahead of the 2021-22 Bundesliga season, we take a look at what Gerardo Seoane might bring to Bayer Leverkusen.
Reports coming out of Germany today are suggesting that Bayer Leverkusen are soon to have a new manager on board – BSC Young Boys’ Gerardo Seoane. Although a relative unknown in the footballing universe, the arrival of Seoane could be a god-sent for Bayer Leverkusen, as they look to get back to their best and reclaim top four.
After securing UEFA Champions League football for VFL Wolfsburg for the first time in years, it seems silly that rumours are still surfacing regarding Oliver Glasner’s future at the club. Frankfurt and Salzburg have been the two clubs most heavily linked with the Austrian manager, as both clubs currently have open vacancies.
After the majestic performance in the DFB Pokal final against RB Leipzig, Dortmund CEO Hans Joachim Watzke announced that only a few days prior to the match, Edin Terzić signed a new contract with the club. With the appointment of Gladbach’s Marco Rose for next season, Terzić was not expected to stay, and many top-tier teams had their eyes on the 38-year-old manager. Luckily for Dortmund fans and players alike, it appears the German manager is perfectly happy to return to his role as the assistant once the season comes to an end. Despite that, several Bundesliga clubs will be keeping a close eye on the 38-year-old, after his triumphant cup win.
More than four months ago, one of the most iconic sibling duos in German football history, the Bender brothers, announced their plans to retire at the end of the 2020-21 season. With two games left in the Bundesliga for Bayer Leverkusen, Lars announced in an interview with Kicker that his meniscus injury hadn’t recovered the way he imagined, and that it was time to hang up the boots.