Bayern Munich need a win to keep their place at the top of the table secure. RB Leipzig’s win over Bayer Leverkusen leaves Bayern Munich in the unenviable position of having to win against their toughest opposition in Borussia Dortmund or fall behind in the Bundesliga title race. Carlo Ancelotti knows that and he’s going as big as he can for this match.
STARTING XI and SUBS vs. @BVB! #BVBFCB#DerKlassiker pic.twitter.com/frz9CXXoL1— FC Bayern US (@FCBayernUS) November 19, 2016
Projected Tactical Setup
As Thomas Müller drifts inside, it will be important for Philip Lahm to get forward as much as possible. Up against the likes of Marcel Schmelzer and Andre Schurrle, it will be important to maintain two-way control on that side.
How Joshua Kimmich balances supporting Lahm against building possession through the middle will be crucial to whether Bayern’s midfield can match up against the skill of Julian Weigl.
Borussia Dortmund Lineup
BVB: Bürki, Bartra, Götze, Aubameyang, Ramos, Schürrle, Sokratis, Piszczek, Ginter, Schmelzer, Weigl. #bvbfcb pic.twitter.com/5t1azXUrHf— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) November 19, 2016
Thomas Tuchel knows he’s on the outside looking in with this match, given his team’s struggles in midfield this season. The real question will be is this team going 3 at the back with Sokratis, Bartra, and Ginter or will Ginter push into defensive midfield to give Julian Weigl enough cover to play a more risky brand of possession football?