Mario Mandzukic, a prime exponent of the lone centre-forward role, celebrates his opening goal in the Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund
Mario Mandzukic, a prime exponent of the lone centre-forward role, celebrates his opening goal in the Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund
Bundesliga

The end of 4-4-2?

Munich - In a world of double pivots, false nines and lone strikers, the Bundesliga seems to be setting many a trend, as the great tactical minds bred of the investment in coaching are regularly creating white board nuances in the hopes of giving their side an edge before an encounter has even kicked-off.

As a result bundesliga.com has delved in the data banks to investigate the rise in popularity of 4-2-3-1, the role of the lone striker, the effects on the rest of the system and whether all these factors indicates the end of 4-4-2 as we know it.