Borussia Dortmund's tactical flaws in draw against Bayer Leverkusen

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Edin Terzic
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Terzic's Tactical Flaws

The game plan from Terzic was clear: score early, defend the lead, and then start any further attacks on the counter. While the starting lineup seemed capable of dealing with Leverkusen's manic attempts at goal, questions were asked about the tactics of our side as the game progressed. Leverkusen slowly grew into the game and were seeming likely to find an equalizer, while Terzic's side appeared unprepared to adapt. This rigidity allowed Xabi Alonso, Bayer Leverkusen's coach, to deploy Patrik Schick who had an immediate impact. 

The substitution of Schick was made to directly exploit the gaps left between the midfield and back line, resulting in an instant goal-scoring opportunity. These spaces were in large part a result of Emre Can's and Marcel Sabitzer's inability to keep up with Leverkusen's creative midfielders.

Terzic's response in the face of adversity was a timid one, which also didn't do him or his side any favors in this game. He seemed content with playing for the draw, which was made clear with his decision to take off Marco Reus for Thomas Meunier. Despite the game being deadlocked at 1-1, bringing in Meunier, who had only recently returned from injury and lacked recent match fitness, suggested that Terzic was content with securing a point rather than pushing for a victory. 

Despite the game requiring an offensive spark, Terzic's decision to bring in Meunier, who lacked match fitness, raised eyebrows. With creative players like Gio Reyna and Youssoufa Moukoko on the bench, the substitution choice left fans wondering why Terzic would settle for a draw whilst having access to possible gamer changers on the bench.