Bundesliga 2019/20: Union Berlin vs Gladbach - tactical analysis tactics

Union Berlin welcomed Borussia Mönchengladbach on the 12th Bundesliga matchday. In a typical game between the top side and underdog, the underdog held the upper hand in the end thanks to their disciplined defending approach. Top team Gladbach, on the contrary, were incapable of creating more than a handful of opportunities which they could not convert.

The following tactical analysis explains Union Berlin’s tactics that stopped the high-flying side of Marco Rose. Moreover, our analysis deals with Gladbach’s build-up issues in their game against Union.

Lineups and Formations

Union Berlin started into the game with a 3-4-1-2 formation. Union coach Urs Fischer aimed at pressing Gladbach’s midfield man-to-man which was facilitated by their system with two attackers in Anthony Ujah and Sebastian Andersson to press the opposition centre-backs. Moreover, their midfield three simply adjusted their positioning when pressing depending on the opposition shape.

Bundesliga 2019/20: Union Berlin vs Gladbach - tactical analysis tactics
Lineups of Union Berlin and Gladbach [Credit: Wyscout]

Gladbach, on the other hand, deployed a 4-2-3-1 system with a double pivot comprising of Denis Zakaria and Christoph Kramer. The latter one was supposed to support the central defenders when playing out by dropping between them in the opening stages of the game. As typical for Gladbach under Rose, the full-backs Oscar Wendt and Stefan Lainer were supposed to move up the line and provide the attacking department with crosses.

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