After a disappointing week with losses to Augsburg and Arsenal, Eintracht Frankfurt looked to bounce back against Borussia Dortmund on Sunday. It was a game that Borussia Dortmund should have put to bed on a number of occasions. Their xG for the game was 2.71, compared to Eintracht Frankfurt’s 0.87.
Had it not been for an unfortunate own goal, Dortmund would indeed have come away with three points. They were not clinical enough, and Frankfurt got their reward for standing toe-to-toe for the full 90 minutes. There were positives for both sides regardless of the result.
For Frankfurt, aside from the result, the fact that new signing André Silva got off the mark in his third game for the club was encouraging after a difficult spell at AC Milan. For Dortmund, they created enough chances to win and Jadon Sancho carried on his excellent run with a goal. That takes his Bundesliga tally to three goals and four assists in just five games.
However, along with their 3-1 loss to Union Berlin in August, this will be seen as costly dropped points for a side looking to regain the Meisterschale. This tactical analysis delves into the tactics used by Lucien Favre and Adi Hütter as they came face-to-face in the Bundesliga this weekend.
Dortmund stuck with the same side that drew 0-0 with Barcelona in the Champions League last week, fielding a 4-2-3-1. Julian Brandt would have been disappointed to miss out on the starting line-up, but Thorgan Hazard more than deserved his inclusion with a beautiful assist for Dortmund’s first goal.
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