In this article, we will analyze using statszone app how Bayern Munich were able to overcome Spanish giants Real Madrid at the Allianz Arena in Munich.
Bayern Munich’s Approach:
Jupp Heynckes went for the usual 4-2-3-1 formation. His midfield selection proved to be the correct one as he chose to start with Toni Kroos rather than Thomas Muller in the play-making role. Deployed as a central midfield, Toni Kroos’s presence on and off the ball helped Bayern Munich to retain possession 53%-47% and he negated the threat of the midfield maestro Xabi Alonso. Kroos’s play-making skills troubled Madrid as he completed 51 passes out of 58 attempts and 21 attacking third passes out of 27 attempts.
Philipe Lahm was given the task of marking Real Madrid’s Talisman Cristiano Ronaldo. Not only was he able to keep the former Ballon D’or winner at bay, but he also contributed on the offensive end as he created 3 chances in the last 20 minutes. His tremendous work rate was awarded with an assist as Mario Gomez scored the winner from close range.
On the opposite flank, David Alaba did not overlap as much as Lahm did, however his contribution on defense was particularly impressive as he gave Angel Di Maria a night to forget. Ahead of him, Franck Ribéry was easily Bayern Munich’s most dangerous player as he constantly tried to produce chances using his speed and trickery. His work rate had a great impact as he tracked back and helped the left back on defense. Unlike Ribéry, Arjen Robben had a disappointing night as he had one shot (off target) and he also failed to create any chances. In spite of that, his movement towards the inside of the field helped Lahm overlap and left Coentrao vulnerable as he was caught out of position too many times.
Real Madrid’s approach:
Real Madrid failed to dictate the tempo of the play, away from home at Munich one would expect Mourinho to deploy a trident in midfield (4-3-3): maybe Granero instead of Ozil at the start of the game would have helped them gaining the ball and increasing possession, but clearly Mourinho wanted his side to score the important away goal.
This goal came from a typical Madrid’s counter-attack, Bayern had a free-kick and Real decided to leave 4 men on the attack. Heynckes men were at fault: they left Ronaldo twice unmarked in the penalty area and the goal inevitably came.
After that goal Mourinho tried to kill the game: he asked his players to drop deep and play long balls behind Bayern’s full backs.
He then sent in Granero and Marcelo for Ozil & Di Maria, this was an expected move but Marcelo’s role wasn’t clear. At first he was helping Coentrao with the onrushing Lahm, but then he left inexplicably for the other side of the pitch: this move backfired & Madrid conceded a goal in the dying moments of the game.
Bayern were the most dominant side and fully deserved their win, but Madrid’s away goal might come back and hunt the German side. For the 2nd leg, Madrid need to win and be tight in defence, so will Mourinho present the same side that played at Munich? Will Ronaldo track back and help his left back with Lahm’s forward runs? Will Bayern dominate the midfield again or will they play on the Counter-attack? And finally how will Madrid’s fullbacks cope with “Robbery”? Please leave your comment, and follow us on @Basselhaddad & @Rhk_7 .