Fresh off the sacking of manager Niko Kovač, Bayern Munich sought to make it four wins from four in their UEFA Champions League group. Olympiakos meanwhile were merely hoping to restore some pride after languishing at the bottom of the group after earning a measly point from their first three games.

Hans Flick, now caretaker in charge of the German champions, found himself attempting to lead his team to be the first to qualify from the Champions League group stage this year. The 2-0 win on the night for the German team proved to be just the ticket yet there was still plenty of lingering effects from the hangover of Kovač’s tenure and they were obvious in this game.

This tactical analysis will detail how Bayern were ultimately able to overcome their recent struggles and topple a competitive Olympiakos side. Our analysis will also illustrate the tactics used by Flick in his attempts to restore some of the goodwill that had been lost under the last few months of Kovac’s reign.

Lineups

In response to Kovač’s sacking after the disastrous 5-1 loss to Mainz in the Bundesliga, the likes of Kingsley Coman, Leon Goretzka and Javi Martinez returned to the side in the places of Philipe Coutinho, Thiago, and Jerome Boateng.

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