VFL Wolfsburg drew with Hoffenheim 1-1 at the Volkswagen Arena in the Bundesliga. Alfred Schreuder’s Hoffenheim took an early lead through Sebastian Rudy’s sublime volley before Admir Mehmedi equalised for Wolfsburg just before the half-time whistle. Both sides contested the second half with intensity but neither could find the winner and had to settle for a point each. This tactical analysis aims to look at the key tactical points from the game and the tactics employed by each side.
Wolfsburg lined up in a 3-4-3 formation. Joshua Guilavogui continued in his role as the central defender in a three-man defence. He was flanked by Robin Knoche and Marcel Tisserand. Renato Steffen and William played as the wing-backs on the left and right-wing respectively. In midfield, Oliver Glasner opted for a pairing for Maximilian Arnold and Yannick Gerhardt. Wout Weghorst led the attack with Mehmedi and Josip Brekalo playing on the flanks.
Schreuder’s Hoffenheim employed a 4-3-3. The defensive pairing comprised of the ever-reliable Benjamin Hübner and Kevin Vogt. In midfield, Rudy played in a trio with Florian Grillitsch and Dennis Geiger. Ishak Belfodil played as the striker with Ihlas Bebou on the left-wing and interestingly Pavel Kadeřábek playing as the right-winger. Robert Skov played as a left-back in what was a very surprising decision.
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