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Even though Bayern Munich drew on the last weekend against Augsburg, and before that lost to Hoffenheim, in the UEFA Champions League so far they’ve only shown great performances. They bet Red Star Belgrade on the first matchday and then won against Tottenham away from home 2-7. In light of this, it was not totally clear what to expect from them.

On the other side, Olympiacos Piraeus got 19 points out of their first seven games in their national league but lost to Belgrade on the second matchday of the Champions League. So it was also questionable how they would perform in this game.

However, none of the two teams played really well as we will see in this tactical analysis. We will look now at the tactics which helped the Bavarians to win this game with 2-3.


UEFA Champions League 2019/20: Olympiacos Piraeus vs Bayern Munich - tactical analysis tactics
Both teams’ lineups

Since Niklas Süle got injured in the last Bundesliga game against Augsburg, Benjamin Pavard had to play as a centre-back. The Frenchman was playing as a right-back most of the time this season and because of that Joshua Kimmich was able to play in the central midfield. However, because of Süle’s cruciate ligament rupture, they had to change some things. Kimmich had to play as a right-back and Javier Martínez replaced him in the central midfield.

David Alaba and Lucas Hernández completed the back four while Manuel Neuer was their goalkeeper. The two other central midfielders were Thiago Alcântara and Philippe Coutinho while Serge Gnabry and Thomas Müller played on the wings. Robert Lewandowski was, as always, the lone striker.

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