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Video Analysis: RB Leipzig defensive system vs. Borussia Dortmund


To turn their season around, Favre decided to switch to a 3-4-3 system, causing huge issues for the opponent’s to adjust (last 5 games: 4 wins, 1 draw). As a reaction, Leipzig started in a modified 4-3-1-2 system, forming a 4-3-3 in defending. Dortmund dominated the 1st half, thanks to exploiting some of the weaknesses of the RBL defensive scheme, which forced Nagelsmann to switch to a 4-4-2 shape in the 35th minute (this analysis only focuses on these 35th mins).

This game’s Leipzig system is very similar to what Liverpool use, with almost the same defensive shifting, traps, principles. The analysis focuses on the key points of the option-oriented system, plus the constant and mutual adjustments (between the separate lines) that are necessary to maintain the optimal passing lane cover & pressure on the ball.

Practical/Training points: with highlighting the key signs, triggers, principles for the optimal defensive positioning/shifting, the main goal is to create a flexible system, which is immediately able to react to the different scenarios. It’s essential to offer these guidelines for the players, in order to have proper adjustments depending on the ball’s position, defensive angles etc.

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Emmanuel August 29, 2020 um 12:16 am

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