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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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Bayern 1-1 Dortmund: surprising Dortmund midfield shape leaves Kroos free

December 2, 2012
Bayern 1-1 Dortmund: surprising Dortmund midfield shape leaves Kroos free

The league leaders and the champions played out an entertaining 1-1 draw in Munich. Bastian Schweinsteiger returned to the centre of Bayern’s midfield, while Jupp Heynckes selected Mario Mandzukic as his lone centre-forward. Mats Hummels, Ikay Gundogan and Mario Gotze all returned to Dortmund’s side after missing the 1-1 draw with Dusseldorf in midweek. This was an...
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Leverkusen 2-0 Schalke: Schurrle stays in a position to counter-attack

November 20, 2012
Leverkusen 2-0 Schalke: Schurrle stays in a position to counter-attack

Leverkusen comfortably won a very simple game of football. Sami Hyypia selected a 4-1-4-1 / 4-3-3 shape with roughly his first-choice XI this season, although left-back Michal Kadlec is out injured, so versatile Japanese international Hajime Hosogai filled in. Huub Stevens was without Ibrahim Afellay, so Julian Draxler started on the left of midfield. Otherwise, they...
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Dortmund 1-2 Schalke: Klopp takes the blame as shift to 3-5-2 backfires

October 22, 2012
Dortmund 1-2 Schalke: Klopp takes the blame as shift to 3-5-2 backfires

Dortmund surprisingly started in a 3-5-2 formation – despite not trying it in training beforehand – and produced a terrible performance. Jurgen Klopp was without four regulars – Mario Gotze, Ilkay Gundogan, Marcel Schmelzer and Jakub Blaszczykowski – which was one of the reasons for his unusual formation choice. Huub Stevens had Kyriakos Papadopoulos unavailable at...
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