Traditionally, the Bundesliga champion starts the new season with an opening game at home. Thus, on Friday, Bayern welcomed Hertha at the Allianz Arena to start the new Bundesliga season. It was an intense game that ended in a 2-2 draw.
This tactical analysis will examine the tactics used by both Niko Kovač and Ante Čović and explain the reasons for this draw.
Both teams did not surprise at all. Bayern used a 4-3-3 in every game in pre-season, so it was expected that they would use this as well in this game. With Leon Goretzka facing a minor injury, it was clear that Thomas Müller and Corentin Tolisso would play in midfield, even though this might not be an optimal position for Müller. It was somewhat unexpected that Benjamin Pavard would start instead of Jérôme Boateng though.