Dortmund show signs that end of the Jürgen Klopp era might be in sight | by Raphael Honigstein [source]
Honigstein's articles used to be very good, and then about a season or so ago he drifted into somewhat sensationalist journalism, with the result that some of his credibility waned. Recently, he seems to be focussing on producing the insightful and logical articles of the earlier days. I like the analysis he has covered in this one. It doesn't actually offer many conclusions, but it provides some interesting implications. I'd tend to agree with them.
The main theme is, of course, the narrowness and increasing predictability of Klopp's tactics. Those tactics were good at a time, but opponents have worked out how to challenge them. And Klopp seems to have no plan B. It all reminded me of the lengthy arguments on Bayern forums when Guardiola first took over from Heynckes and changed the tactics. The masses assembled chanting "If it ain't broke, don't fix it". Even Heynckes wonderful tactics - and I describe them genuinely as wonderful - were going to be analysed and dismantled by key opponents eventually. Variation would be needed. Now we are seeing record-breaking results, from a team with some of the most fluid formations and variable tactics in the history of football. It is not in any way about Guardiola v Heynckes; it is about keeping one step ahead of the opposition.