Bayern Munich followed up their midweek demolition of Tottenham Hotspur by falling to a 2-1 loss to TSG Hoffenheim at the Allianz Arena. Niko Kovac’s side, perhaps tired after their European exploits, looked dull and lethargic and were aptly punished by an organized Hoffenheim side. Sargis Adamyan scored a brace for Hoffenheim which made Robert Lewandowski’s header nothing but a consolation goal for the home side. This tactical analysis aims to look at the tactics employed by both sides and the reasons behind the result.
Bayern lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation. Jérôme Boateng started with Niklas Süle in defence with Joshua Kimmich and Benjamin Pavard playing as the full-backs. The midfield duo comprised of Thiago and Corentin Tolisso. Philippe Coutinho played in the number ten role behind the in-form Robert Lewandowski. Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman played on the wings for the Bavarians.
Hoffenheim opted for a 4-1-4-1 formation. Kevin Vogt’s absence meant that Kevin Akpoguma played along with Benjamin Hübner in defence. Robert Skov continued in his new role at left-back with Stefan Posch on the opposite flank. The impressive midfield trio of Dennis Geiger, Sebastian Rudy and Florian Grillitsch started together with Ihlas Bebou and Pavel Kadeřábek on the wings. Adamyan led the attack.
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