Bundesliga 2021-22 Matchday 2 – Tactical Review

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!

Sami Khedira bids farewell to a trophy-laden career

At the height of his career, Sami Khedira was one of the very best central midfielders in the world, even winning the World Cup in 2014 with Germany. Now firmly fading out of the spotlight at the age of 34, Sami Khedira has announced his retirement from the game after a fantastic, trophy-laden career.

Hertha Berlin’s one week turnaround – are they safe?

After a three week break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hertha Berlin’s safety in the Bundesliga appeared to be in jeopardy. But after one of the best possible weeks they could have hoped for upon their return, securing a stunning 3-0 win and two tightly contested draws, they appear to be safe. These three performances have pulled Hertha out of the relegation zone into 14th place, with a game in hand still to play mid-week against the already relegated Schalke.

Guendouzi returning to Arsenal: is he the right fit for Arteta?

After a solid season in the Bundesliga with Hertha BSC, Matteo Guendouzi looks set to return to Arsenal, after fracturing his metatarsal on Friday. Hertha sporting director Arne Friedrich confirmed Guendouzi’s departure following their 3-0 win over SC Freiburg, and the club will certainly miss his influence in central midfield for the remainder of the season. But as the 22-year-old now returns to Arsenal, a question remains – is Guendouzi the right fit for Arteta?

Did the COVID break help Hertha?

After two weeks with no action due to a COVID-outbreak at the club, Hertha BSC are back, and firing on all cylinders. Their first performance back was a shaky defensive performance against in-form Mainz 05, but still a formidable one nonetheless. Svensson’s Mainz were on a three-game win streak, and holding the 05’ers to a 1-1 draw would have felt like a victory for Die Alte Dame. Now after a 3-0 victory over top-half SC Freiburg yesterday, Hertha Berlin have pulled themselves out of relegation danger.

FSV Mainz 05 1-1 Hertha Berlin – Analysis

In Hertha Berlin’s first game in weeks due to a COVID-outbreak at the club, the Berlin based team failed to get a proper foothold of the game, but clung onto a 1-1 draw against a dominant Mainz 05 in good form. Here is our full analysis of the match between Mainz and Hertha BSC on May 3, 2021.