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Analysis and breakdown of Bayern Munich’s full throttle lineup against Borussia Dortmund

Carlo Ancelotti knows he can’t mess around with the Bundesliga even with an important Champions League fixture against Real Madrid looming midweek. He especially can’t mess around with Borussia Dortmund and the Italian coach has rolled out his strongest lineup possible.

Tactical Setup & Game Keys

For Bayern Munich, this game is going to revolve around Thiago. With Vidal and Alonso controlling the midfield for Bayern, he will need to be the effective pivot point to get Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben attacking the Dortmund backline.

Luckily, with that attacking trio there is more than enough attacking acumen and ability to thread the needle Bayern should be able to break Dortmund’s backline as long as they can break the hold of Weigl and Castro in defensive midfield.

On defense, Bayern are going to struggle. Everyone in the world has seen the defensive struggles of Xabi Alonso over the years and pitting him against the likes of Ousman Dembele and Christian Pulisic. To that end, Vidal will need to be a defensive monster if Bayern are going to have an hope of containing Dortmund’s high octane attack. The

Borussia Dortmund Starting Lineup