Hoffenheim continued their remarkable season under their young managerial hotshot, Julian Nagelsmann, by brushing aside Hertha Berlin 3-1 on Friday night. The win now means Die Kraichgauer have collected their most ever Bundesliga points in a season, plus moves them into third place on the table.
Key to their triumph vs. Pal Dardai’s fellow top four hopefuls was the way they managed to prevent the home side from implementing their passing game out from the back. Using the Wyscout Playlist and Draw App, below will be some graphics to demonstrate how wonderfully Hoffenheim stifled their opposition.
Through a combination of zonal and man marking, Nagelsmann’s Hoffenheim made life extremely difficult for Hertha to progress upfield with any degree of success. Andrej Kramaric and Sandro Wagner would usually allow Hertha’s centre-backs to have possession to begin with, initially sitting off in a medium block. But when a pass back to the goalkeeper, Rune Jarstein, would occur they would squeeze up and give themselves better, higher access to their markers.