Jesse Marsch’s Principles for Pressing and How to Coach Them

Before the 19/20 season, the relatively unknown American Jesse Marsch was named as the new head coach of Red Bull Salzburg. Born in Wisconsin 1973, Jesse started his footballing career first as a player, playing in the MLS before continuing his coaching career in the same league, joining New York Red Bulls in 2015. Marsch’s first…

Analysis: RB Leipzig Ruthlessly Exploit Schalke 04’s Structural Issues

RB Leipzig travelled to Gelsenkirchen on Bundesliga Matchday 23 to take on Schalke 04. The result was a 5-0 win in favour of the visitors, who remain in 2nd place while Schalke themselves remain in 6th place despite their performance. Let’s take a look at the tactical battle that played out. Line-ups Schalke 04 (3-4-1-2): Nübel…

Analysis: Advantage RB Leipzig in Champions League Round of 16

What promised to be a very exciting tactical game before the actual kick-off, turned out to be a rather one-sided one, where RB Leipzig took all the initiative and controlled possession for the majority of the game, creating several lethal attacks and chances. The only goal of the game came from a penalty even though…

Analysis: RB Leipzig 3-1 Union Berlin

RB Leipzig’s first Bundesliga fixture after the winter break saw them face a newly promoted Union Berlin side at the Red Bull Arena. It was an interesting match-up as Union, now in 12th place, have adapted to the Bundesliga in impressive fashion. Union used a 5-4-1 formation and aimed to remain compact and have good…

Analysis: Red Bull Salzburg Lose to Liverpool Despite Valiant Effort

The last match provided a thrilling game for spectators when Liverpool played perhaps their most dominant half of 2019/20, leading with 3-0 in half-time. After a tactical change to a 4-3-1-2 formation from the American Jesse Marsch, Salzburg managed to score 3 goals in a very strong 2nd half performance, but still succumbed to a…