The match between RB Leipzig and TSG Hoffenheim pitched the current and the future sides of Julian Nagelsmann against each other. The Hoffenheim manager will become Leipzig’s head coach next season.
The game was a tactical battle between Ralf Rangnick and Nagelsmann. Since both sides forced the opposition to commit mistakes in possession, the match entailed plenty of turnovers and transition moments. Leipzig struggled with Hoffenheim’s press in the first half and Hoffenheim penalised their bad defensive cover with counter-attacks. In the second half, Leipzig changed to a 4-2-2-2 system which increased their penetrating power up front and enabled the home side to equalise in the final stages of the game.
RB Leipzig started the game in a 3-5-2 formation as Rangnick opted to defend against Hoffenheim’s dangerous attack with a back three. In central midfield, Marcel Sabitzer and Konrad Laimer played alongside Diego Demme. The two strikers Yussuf Poulsen and Matheus Cunha were supposed to threaten Hoffenheim’s goal.
TSG Hoffenheim on the other hand lined up in a 4-3-1-2. At the back, Hoffenheim defended with a line of four. Austrian midfielder Florian Grillitsch played as a single pivot during the defensive phase and dropped between the central defenders during build-up.
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