Three keys to a Borussia Dortmund win vs Wolfsburg

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Be brave enough to play through Wolfsburg’s high pressing

One of the most frustrating aspects of the draw at Bochum, aside from the performance of the officiating, was the inability to navigate the high pressure from relegation-threatened Bochum. A match that saw Edin Terzic’s side complete just two successful pressing actions in comparison to Bochum’s seven.

An unwillingness to pass through opponents, especially with talents like Jude Bellingham and Julian Brandt at your disposal, makes very little sense when you’re also not experiencing much success with lobbying routine passes to a target man.

Raphael Guerriero’s presence at left-back makes the concept of playing around, rather than avoiding, a press all the more feasible.

By doing this you’re also opening up space behind the Wolfsburg defenders, in which Malen or Adeyemi could punish a press that’s opened up. Utilizing a double pivot of Emre Can and Jude Bellingham would also provide a stable unit of defensive quality to sit in front of the central defense while maintaining the ability to navigate more successful and ambitious build-up play.