Tactical Analysis – Bayern Munich 1-1 FC Schalke

Schalke end Bayern Munich's Bundesliga winning streak

Schalke end Bayern Munich’s seven-match winning streak, as Naldo’s long-range free-kick cancels out Robert Lewandowski’s opener.

The hosts took an early lead, after just nine minutes when Robert Lewandowski bagged his 15th Bundesliga goal of the season. The Polish international was played through by Arturo Vidal and artistically crafted a delicate chip over Schalke goalkeeper Ralf Fahrmann.

Bayern’s lead lasted only 3 minutes, with Naldo scoring his first Bundesliga goal since 2015 to equalise for the visitors. He drilled a low free-kick from long-range and the ball eluded the wall and skipped beyond Manuel Neuer at his near post.

Both sides hit the crossbar in quick succession towards the end of a pulsating first-half spectacle. Schalke’s Austrian striker Burgstaller lifted a close-range strike onto the crossbar and Lewandowski curled an effort from inside the penalty area onto the woodwork.

Schalke had a goal chalked off shortly after the break due to Bentaleb scoring from an offside position. Cagluiri struck a low volley towards the back post and the Algerian diverted the ball past Neuer.

Javi Martinez missed a mouth gaping opportunity in the dying stages of rather dismal second-half, in terms of goal mouth chances. Alaba lifted his cross to the back post and the Spaniard dragged his strike wide of the far post.

Bayern remain top, although they’ve now invited RB Leipzig to close the gap to one point if they manage to beat Borussia Dortmund away from home in the late kick-off. Schalke stay put in 11th place and are only 11 points outside the top four and 7 points above the relegation zone.

Tactical Analysis

A draw was a rather fair result in terms of the chances both teams had during the match. It was an equal encounter and the first-half was an end-to-end spectacle, which delivered its duty by exciting and drawing in the eyes of the spectators.

However, the second-half was lacklustre, eventless and plain boring! Schalke sat deep and allowed Bayern Munich to dictate possession, in an attempt to eventually win possession and catch them on the counter-attack.

They applied the style and tactic perfectly but lacked the finishing product and criticality in the final third. Burgstaller and Kolasinac missed chances for the visitors and Bentaleb scored from an offside position

Bayern utilized Arjen Robben on the right-hand side as their main source of attacking power. He was at the centre of most of the chances created by the hosts, including the Lewandowski’s ninth minute opener.

Phillip Lahm also made his 500th appearance for Bayern Munich from the bench during the second-half. Schalke ended Bayern’s seven-match winning streak but Ancelotti’s men still extend their unbeaten run to 8 Bundesliga matches.

George Bennett

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