Going into Saturday’s fixture, Wolfsburg were the last remaining side in the Bundesliga yet to register a defeat. Oliver Glasner’s side have built a reputation this season of playing clinical attacking football in Glasner’s now infamous 3-4-3 formation which he used so prevalently in his time at LASK Linz. On top of this, Wolfsburg have been difficult to break down, and have the best defensive record in the league.
However, on a weekend that threw up some interesting results, Borussia Dortmund cruised to a comfortable 3-0 victory.
Dortmund have had an inconsistent start to the season, but this win has set them back on the right path in their quest to regain the Meisterschale.
The league is so tight that Wolfsburg fell from second to seventh whilst Dortmund leapfrogged them, and with Saturday’s impressive victory they now sit second themselves, three points off of the leaders Borussia Mönchengladbach.
This tactical analysis looks at the tactics used by Glasner and Lucien Favre as Wolfsburg and Dortmund battled it out in the Bundesliga.
Dortmund lined up in a 4-2-3-1 with Hakimi pushing up to play in the right-wing position with Łukasz Piszczek sitting behind him in right-back.
Mahmoud Dahoud and Julian Weigl took the holding positions and along with the positioning of Achraf Hakimi, it suggested that Favre was taking a cautious approach. Julian Brandt played as a false nine, coming in for Jacob Bruun Larsen who played as the lone striker in Dortmund’s midweek DFB Pokal win over Mönchengladbach.
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