Ahead of this match, RB Leipzig had 33 points and sat in the first position of the Bundesliga. However, Borussia Monchengladbach had 31 points while Borussia Dortmund collected until then 29 points. Considering this, the clash between Leipzig and Dortmund meant that the league leaders would face the team in the third position away from home.
This was clearly the highlight of the 16th matchday as the two teams met in the Signal Iduna Park just one week ahead of Christmas. Additionally, after this matchday, there would be just another one left ahead of the winter break.
The young German coach Julian Nagelsmann went for a 4-3-1-2 formation which looked during the game more like a 4-3-3. Péter Gulácsi was the man between the sticks while the back four in front of him was made of Marcel Halstenberg, Dayot Upamecano, Lukas Klostermann, and Nordi Mukiele. The central midfielders were Konrad Laimer, Diego Demme, and Marcel Sabitzer. The wingers were Timo Werner and Yussuf Poulsen while Emil Forsberg was surprisingly the striker as he mostly was between Werner and Poulsen and not behind them.
On the other side, Lucien Favre lined his team up in a 3-4-3 (5-4-1) formation with Roman Bürki in goal. The back five was made of Achraf Hakimi, Manuel Akanji, Mats Hummels, Dan-Axel Zagadou, and Raphael Guerreiro.
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