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This fixture on the second matchday of this year’s Bundesliga season promised to be an interesting match between Fortuna Düsseldorf and Leverkusen since both teams were able to win their first match of this season. Düsseldorf bet Bremen 3-1 away from home and Leverkusen were able to secure a home victory against the promoted team Paderborn.

Youngster Kai Havertz and striker Kevin Volland, especially, had impressive performances on matchday one. On the other side, Düsseldorf showed a good team performance against Bremen and were able to get the three points even though they were the underdogs.

In this tactical analysis, we will examine Leverkusen’s tactics which helped them to beat Friedhelm Funkel’s team 3-1.


Bundesliga 2019/20: Fortuna Düsseldorf vs Leverkusen - tactical analysis tactics
The lineups

Peter Bosz lined his team up in his typical 4-3-3/4-1-4-1 hybrid formation. Even though Leverkusen played during the pre-season and on the first matchday against Paderborn with a 3-4-2-1 of sorts, the Dutch coach lined his team this time in his usual set-up. He already used the 4-3-3 formation during his time at Ajax.

Lukas Hradecky was the goalkeeper and the back four was made of the Brazilian left-back Wendell, Jonathan Tah and the two twins Lars Bender and Sven Bender. Lars Bender is usually a defensive midfielder but played as a right-back.

The Chilean Charles Aránguiz was the only defensive midfielder behind the two central midfielders Havertz and Kerem Demirbay who had different tasks as we will see later in this analysis. The wingers were Leon Bailey and Karim Bellarabi who both are well-known for their incredible pace and ability to dribble past defenders. The single striker was Volland who scored one goal and assisted one in the first matchday.

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