After Dortmund’s issues were clear to see in their opening win against Mainz, they were completely exposed by RB Leipzig. The pressing of the hostsÂ gave them full control over the match for large periods in what was a disappointing performance for Tuchel’s side.
It is rare to see a team lose its three most crucial players all within the same transfer window. Yet over the course of 2016â€™s off-season, Borussia Dortmund have surrendered Mats Hummels, Ilkay GÃ¼ndogan and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to Bayern and Premier League. Despite such big losses, Tuchel and the management have replaced well and the squad is looking promising for the coming season. Reinforced by the signing of numerousÂ young players alongside SchÃ¼rrle and the return of GÃ¶tze, Dortmund have a squad with great potential with the next few seasons in mind.Â However, their most important player may have already been at the club.
In perhaps their best performance to date under Pep, Manchester City looked excellent against an albeit weak West Ham United. From the first minute, they controlled the game with a strong display in possession matched by intelligent pressing both in and out of transitional moments.
Dortmund started the new Bundesliga campaignÂ in less spectacular manner than that of the season just gone. They showed particular struggles in possession as they adjust to life without Hummels, GÃ¼ndogan and Mkhitaryan. Although Tuchel’s menÂ were able to overcome Mainz, it wasn’t the most comfortable of performancesÂ against what was an effectiveÂ defensive strategy from the away team.
Southampton travelled to Manchester as they faced Mourinhoâ€™s United in the second game of the new Premier League season. Despite being given a considerable share of the possession, they were unable to create against a resolute and compact home defence.
After a weekend of many Premier League debuts, Antonio Conte’s first match in English football was reserved for Monday night, as Chelsea hosted West Ham who started with Dimitri Payet on the bench.
Bayern and Dortmund met for their first competitive match of the new season, with Tuchel’s side playing host in the Super Cup. With both teams undergoing quite significant changes over the summer, it was an interesting spectacle to get a glimpse of how the two sides may play over the new 2016/17 season.
After a disappointing end to the season, the future looks bright for Manchester City with the introduction of Josep Guardiola as manager. FollowingÂ great success in Spain and Germany, Pep now looks to try his hand in the Premier League in what is an eagerly anticipated tenure. The ex-Bayern coach has already had some impact on his side, with the astute signing of Ilkay GÃ¼ndogan adding much needed playmaking to the 8 position whilst their work on the training ground has already begun to show.
In the midst of the busy season, there are several good matches that initially pass under the radar due to the sheer number of fixtures. In this series, our authors analyse some of their favourite games from the 2015/2016 season.
As the competition has progressed, we have been able to witness a number of tactical trends shared by many teams in the tournament. Whilst there hasnâ€™t been a particular pattern in terms of formations like we saw with the back 3 in the 2014 World Cup, there have been clear trends in marking schemes, attacking strategies and other tactical features.