TSG Hoffenheim opened their account for the season as they beat Werder Bremen at home in the Bundesliga. Alfred Schreuder’s side overcame Bremen 3-2, in what was a frantic game at the Rhein-Neckar Arena. Niclas Füllkrug opened the game by scoring for the visitors from a corner before Ermin Bičakčić equalized from another corner for Hoffenheim. Ihlas Bebou scored his first goal for Hoffenheim before Johannes Eggestein was sent off for the visitors. Yuya Osako equalized in the 81st minute, against the run of play only for Pavel Kadeřábek to seal the deal for Hoffenheim. This tactical analysis aims to look at the tactics employed by both sides in this match.
Hoffenheim lined up in a 3-4-2-1 formation. Schreuder looks to be sticking with Nagelsmann’s blueprint of playing three defenders at the back. Kevin Vogt took his place as the central defender with Bičakčić and Stefan Posch on either side of him. Kostas Stafylidis and Kadeřábek played as the wing-backs on the left and right respectively. In midfield, Hoffenheim opted for a pairing of Sebastian Rudy and Dennis Geiger. New signing Robert Skov played in attack along with Christoph Baumgartner in a more reserved role. Bebou led the line.
Werder Bremen played in a 4-3-2-1 formation. Füllkrug led the attack with Yuya Osako and Johannes Eggestein playing in central roles behind him. The trio in midfield comprised of Davy Klaasen, Nuri Sahin and Maximilian Eggestein. Theodor Gebre Selassie and Marco Friedl played as the full-backs. Niklas Moisander and Omer Toprak started in defence.
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