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A relentless struggle for every ball, high-intensity "gegenpressing," and short, quick, vertical passes—the football on show at the Signal-Iduna Park on Tuesday epitomized the modern German football model.
Dortmund and Schalke's performance was a glowing endorsement for the philosophy developed at the DFB and pushed in the Bundesliga's academies.
It's been nearly a year since fans were last able to see such football on display on the regular.
Last season, Bayern Munich played with such a style under the legendary coach Jupp Heynckes. Back then, Dortmund had a full first team. But in 2013-14 Bayern have completely changed tactics, and a blight of injuries combined with the departure of Goetze has seen BVB's performances at the highest level take a nosedive.
The defensive philosophy of forcing ordinary actions to become extraordinary (and the attacking corollary of finding ways to make the ordinary extraordinary) is something that Joachim Loew has harped about for years, especially in academies, and the Germany trainer would be proud of the football that has come from the Bundesliga's talent production line.
Of the 20 starting outfielders on Tuesday, 16 were trained in a first- or second-division Bundesliga academy. They knew what to do and put on a spectacle that was one of the most entertaining of the season.
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