Denis Zakaria 2019/20 - scout report - tactical analysis tactics

Borussia Monchengladbach are currently in the first position in the Bundesliga under their new coach Marco Rose. The Fohlen collected a solid 25 points in their first 11 matches and are four points ahead of RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich, and SC Freiburg. Since the seventh matchday, they sit in the first position of the highest league in Germany.

One of the most important players of the team is surely Denis Zakaria. Even though he just scored two goals and assisted once in the first eleven league games, his value gets visible in other aspects of the game. In this tactical analysis, we’ll look at Zakaria’s role in Rose’s system and examine his abilities on the pitch.


Rose used different systems and formations in this season while the tactics mostly stayed the same. They want to build up their attacks from the back with short passes and for that, Zakaria is one of the most important players as we’ll see in this analysis. Gladbach mostly played with a back four in this season, but in some games, they had a double pivot in front of it when they used, for example, a 4-2-3-1 formation. In other matches, we saw that they just had one defensive midfielder in front of the four defenders. Additionally, the Fohlen also played with a back three in some games.

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