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.
How can a team with so much verticality be so terrible in transition? Well, welcome to Signal Iduna Park. Dortmund will always score goals, but they will always make life difficult themselves by simply being poor in transition, and poor from set-pieces. That’s exactly how 1899 Hoffenheim got back into the game not once but twice, and how they could have put the game to bed themselves had Gregor Kobel not been in such fine form. Here is our analysis.
SC Freiburg beat a bruised and battered Borussia Dortmund team on Saturday as part of Matchday 2 in the Bundesliga, with the Black & Yellows looking completely out of sorts in only their second league match under Marco Rose. Here is our analysis of the match!
Borussia Dortmund got off to a flying start in their opening matchday fixture against Eintracht Frankfurt, with Oliver Glasner’s side looking completely out of sorts. Marco Rose’s men on the other hand completely took the game to Frankfurt, with Haaland, Reus and co. in full flow. Here is our tactical analysis of Dortmund’s first match and all the wonders they accomplished.
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.
Within just two rounds of the now concluded 2020 European Championships, Donyell Malen made headlines for his role as part of a free-flowing Dutch attack. Alongside team star Memphis Depay, the 22-year-old was able to help see the Orange sail smoothly into the knock-outs. Though the Euros didn’t end in the way every Dutch fan would wish, it definitely left them with positives for the future, of which Donyell Malen was a major one.
Matchday 34, the final day of the season, was full of excitement and intrigue as always, seeing Robert Lewandowski break the all-time single-season goal-scoring record, FC Köln escape relegation at the death, and Werder Bremen flounder into the 2. Bundesliga. Here is Rhys Desmond’s Team of the Week for Matchday 34!
After a rocky season, Borussia Dortmund have finished strong and finished in style, officially securing top four this Sunday with a win over FSV Mainz 05. The win earns the Black & Yellows a place in next season’s UEFA Champions League, just days after they won the DFB Pokal over RB Leipzig.
The DFB-Pokal was expected to be a tightly contested affair. However, Borussia Dortmund completely swept RB Leipzig away, and Die Roten Bullen never stood a chance. In the end, Dortmund fought their way to a 4-1 win, with goals from Haaland and Sancho, and a masterclass from their captain – Marco Reus. Check out our full recap and analysis.
In news that everyone is very much aware of at this time, Erling Haaland is set to cost well over €100 million this summer if any club is to secure his signature. Bayern Munich have been one of many clubs falsely linked with the Norwegian striker and today Oliver Kahn has put that to rest.