Bayern 1-1 Dortmund: An Analysis of the DFB-Pokal Semi-Final

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An in-depth analysis of the Bayern v Dortmund DFB-Pokal Cup Semi-Final from the very excellent Zonal Marking website.


Dortmund progressed to the DFB-Pokal final on penalties following a 1-1 draw.


Bayern selection


Pep Guardiola started with a three-man defence, and surprisingly named Rafinha, traditionally a right-back, as the left-sided centre-back.

Further forward, Mitchell Weiser was handed the right-sided midfield role for the newly-crowned Bundesliga champions, with Arjen Robben fit enough only for the bench.


Thiago Alcantara returned to the head of a midfield triangle, so Mario Gotze was on the bench.


Dortmund selection


Jurgen Klopp, facing Bayern for the final time as Dortmund coach, brought Ilkay Gundogan back into his midfield, in place of Matthias Ginter.

He also changed shape to a 4-3-3 / diamond midfield, with Marco Reus returning in place of Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Jakub Blaszczykowski narrowed into a midfield trio, with Shinji Kagawa playing as a false nine, although the front three often rotated.


Match summary

Bayern dominated in terms of possession, although the ball spent far too long in non-threatening positions, and Bayern rarely converted their possession into clear-cut chances.

Dortmund shape

The most interesting feature here was the shape of Dortmund. Shinji Kagawa was pushed up the pitch with the two outright attackers either side, a system Guardiola would recognise well, not far from the 4-3-3 he played regularly as Barca won the European Cup in 2011. But whereas Guardiola’s system was designed to maximise possession play, Klopp seemed to be thinking primarily about how Dortmund were playing without the ball.



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