With Bayer Leverkusen under Peter Bosz and Werder Bremen under Florian Kohfeldt, two proactive Bundesliga sides battled each other on the ninth Bundesliga 2019/20 match-day.

In the following tactical analysis, we are going to explain how Werder Bremen could gain a point with their centrally focused 4-3-2-1 tactics. Moreover, we will outline Leverkusen’s reliance on possession and how this affected this game.

Lineups and formations

Bayer Leverkusen coach Peter Bosz set his side up in a 3-4-1-2 formation and therewith lined up an attacking duo instead of a box midfield that he preferred before.

Bundesliga 2019/20: Bayer Leverkusen vs Werder Bremen - tactical analysis tactics
Lineups of Bayer Leverkusen and Werder Bremen [Credit: Wyscout]
Behind Leverkusen’s attacking duo, consisting of Kevin Volland and Lucas Alario, Nadiem Amiri connected midfield and attack in a playmaker-position. Usual right-back Mitchell Weiser switched sides to the left while Karim Bellarabi took over the role of the right wing-back. The latter one was supposed to utilise his dribbling abilities in 1v1 situations on the flank. That caused a slightly asymmetrical shape with Bellarabi being positioned very high on the pitch.

Bundesliga 2019/20: Bayer Leverkusen vs Werder Bremen - tactical analysis tactics
The Passing Network of Leverkusen shows the high positioning of Bellarabi (#38) as well as Bayer’s focus on attacking down the right.

Werder Bremen, on the other hand, used a 4-3-2-1 formation. Their main emphasis laid on shutting down central areas during Bayer Leverkusen’s possession phase.
In Josh Sargent, Kohfeldt lined up an attacker who is able to both, utilise his pace to threaten the space behind the defence as well as to keep the ball and wait for his teammates to move up the pitch. Behind this, Werder played with two fast and skilful attackers in Milot Rashica and Leonardo Bittencourt in narrow positions. And in front of their back-four which was led by centre-back Ömer Toprak returning from injury, Werder played with a midfield three to protect the defensive line as well as to press Leverkusen’s wing-backs in wide areas.

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