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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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Bayern 1-0 Dortmund: Bayern dominate

February 27, 2013
Bayern 1-0 Dortmund: Bayern dominate

Arjen Robben’s superb goal won the game, but Bayern’s nine shots on target to Dortmund’s one demonstrates the home side’s overall dominance. Jupp Heynckes used the XI that triumphed over Arsenal last week, with one exception – Franck Ribery was out, so Robben started on the left. Daniel van Buyten was alongside Dante again. Jurgen Klopp...
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Leverkusen 2-3 Dortmund: Dortmund exploit the space in front of Leverkusen’s midfield, and in behind their defence

February 5, 2013
Leverkusen 2-3 Dortmund: Dortmund exploit the space in front of Leverkusen’s midfield, and in behind their defence

Both sides had spells of dominance, but Dortmund were more ruthless in the final third. Sami Hyypia and Sascha Lewandowski named an unchanged side from last weekend’s 0-0 draw at Freiburg. Jurgen Klopp had Mitchell Langerak in goal rather than Roman Weidenfeller, with Felipe Santana in defence rather than Neven Subotic – both decisions forced upon...
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