Borussia Dortmund delivered an encouraging and spirited performance in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal against Manchester City, but ultimately fell just short and suffered a 2-1 defeat. Here is our tactical analysis of Edin Terzic’s side from the game.
Borussia Dortmund started the game in a 4-3-3 when building up. Emre Can was playing as the defensive midfielder and dropping deep to receive the ball from the centre-backs. Mahmoud Dahoud and Jude Bellingham were the more advanced midfielders, and tried to press the Manchester City midfielders high up the pitch. The Dortmund full backs were staying out wide to drag Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez wide and open up passing lines for the centre-backs into Dahoud and Bellingham.