When will Thomas Schaaf learn that tinkering is not a good thing?
Kevin De Bruyne as a false 9 is as asinine as starting Marko Marin as a No. 10. De Bruyne didn't even play as a forward during his youth days, so that gives you an idea of how left-wing Schaaf's tactical decision was.
For those who aren't familiar with a false 9, here's Zonal Marking's definition of the position:
A unconventional lone striker, who drops deep into midfield. Francesco Totti perhaps invented it for Roma in 2006/7, Lionel Messi played here when he swapped positions with Samuel Eto’o for Barcelona in 2008/09, and Robin van Persie played the role for Arsenal at the start of the 2009/10 season.
When De Bruyne was up front, he couldn't handle Mats Hummels or Neven Subotić—well, duh. When De Bruyne dropped into midfield, he was hassled to the point that he drifted out wide, which was ironic because he hates playing out wide.
Somehow, during Schaaf's epiphany, he didn't consider those scenarios that could hinder De Bruyne up front.
Also, it's not like Schaaf decided to try De Bruyne as a false 9 against Fortuna Düsseldorf. The 51-year-old pulled this trick out of the bag against Borussia Dortmund. No, it's not ballsy, it's stupid.
Then again, this is the same manager that stunted Marin's development last season, so you can't rule out Schaaf being illogical.
De Bruyne moved back into midfield when Nils Petersen came on as a sub—it only took Schaaf 66 minutes to realise his tactical blunder.
Here's a look at De Bruyne's starting and average position during the game.