Tactics and personnel
Julian Nagelsmann started with the following 11 players on Thursday night in Ludogorets: Oliver Baumann, Pavel Kaderabek, Havard Nordtveit, Lukas Rupp, Eugen Polanski, Nico Schulz, Steven Zuber, Mark Uth, Kevin Vogt, Andrej Kramaric and, making his professional debut, Stefan Posch.
The formation started as a 3-5-2, with Posch, Vogt and Nordtveit as the back three in front of Baumann. Zuber and Kaderabek played on either wing, with Polanski at holding midfield. In front of him, Schulz and Rupp played as central midfielders, with Uth and Kramaric leading the pack.
In the 57th minute, Nagelsmann made two changes. Kaderabek and Zuber were taken off and replaced by Philipp Ochs and Dennis Geiger. TSG became a little more penetrative as a result. In the 74th minute, Mark Uth had to come off with a slight injury, and in his place came Felix Passlack. Following this change, Nagelsmann reshuffled the pack into a 4-1-4-1 formation. Vogt moved forward into the holding midfield position, Polanski and Geiger just in front of him, Ochs and Rupp attacking down the wings, and Kramaric playing as the new lone striker.
Moment of the match
Unfortunately, Dyakov’s equaliser gets the award for this game. A long-range effort which got the Bulgarian champions right back in the game. In the end, the turning point in what was a fiercely contested encounter.
Number of the match: 1
At the end of the night, TSG remain without a point on the board in the Europa League group stage. So Pavel Kaderabek will not be celebrating his first TSG goal as he might have hoped. After 58 games without a goal, the Czech full-back scored just moments after kick-off.