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Dortmund 0-1 Leverkusen: unusual shape allows Leverkusen to dominate the centre and attack in behind

December 10, 2013
Dortmund 0-1 Leverkusen: unusual shape allows Leverkusen to dominate the centre and attack in behind

Leverkusen moved six points clear of Dortmund with a well-deserved victory. Jurgen Klopp was still without a host of defenders and Ikay Gundogan, and Marco Reus was fit enough only for the bench. Sami Hyypia made one change: Omer Toprak replaced Philipp Wollscheid in the centre of defence. Leverkusen were the better side here – more assured...
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Dortmund 0-3 Bayern: superior squad proves crucial as Bayern extend their lead

November 26, 2013
Dortmund 0-3 Bayern: superior squad proves crucial as Bayern extend their lead

Pep Guardiola demonstrated Bayern’s tactical flexibility in the second half, introducing Mario Gotze and Thiago Alcantara to great effect. Jurgen Klopp had severe injury problems for this contest – as well as the continued absence of Ilkay Gundogan, his entire first-choice back four were out injured. 34-year-old Manuel Friedrich, previously without a club, was drafted...
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Bayern Munich 3-1 Borussia Mönchengladbach: evolution rather than revolution for Guardiola

August 13, 2013
Bayern Munich 3-1 Borussia Mönchengladbach: evolution rather than revolution for Guardiola

Bayern Munich appeared comfortable towards the end of the contest, but they endured some nervous moments during Pep Guardiola’s Bundesliga debut. Guardiola was unable to call upon Bayern’s major two summer arrivals, Thiago Alcantara or Mario Gotze, so there was a familiar feel to the home side’s starting XI. Lucien Favre’s back four was also very...
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Freiburg 1-2 Schalke: Schalke advance to the Champions League qualifiers

May 21, 2013
Freiburg 1-2 Schalke: Schalke advance to the Champions League qualifiers

This was a direct play-off for fourth place in the Bundesliga – Freiburg dominated, but Schalke were more dangerous in the final third. Freiburg had left-winger Daniel Caligiuri suspended, so Christian Streich handed a debut to 19-year-old Sebastian Kerk. Jens Keller brought back Julian Draxler on the left in place of Michel Bastos, and also recalled...
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Schalke 2-1 Dortmund: squeezed game allows full-backs forward on the overlap

March 12, 2013
Schalke 2-1 Dortmund: squeezed game allows full-backs forward on the overlap

Schalke won the Revierderby with an excellent first-half display. Atsuto Uchida came back into Jens Keller’s side, with Marco Hoger moving forward into midfield in place of Jermaine Jones. Jurgen Klopp recalled Mats Hummels – although he didn’t seem 100% fit and only lasted half the game. Klopp left out Marco Reus, presumably because of rotation...
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