Bayern get battered
Real Madrid crushed Bayern Munich in the second leg of the Champions league semi-final last night. They won 4-0 on the night and made Bayern look toothless and very disorganized. Pep Guardiola’s tactics seemed naive and strangley gun-Ho! against the most powerful counter attacking team in Europe. Pushing their midfield forward right from the whistle and holding a high back line, gave Real all the attacking space they could have wished for, and as sure as eggs is eggs they exploited it. Bayern’s centre backs are not exactly quick yet giving Ronaldo, Bale and Di María 40 yards to burn into seemed wreck-less having 90 minutes to claw back just one goal. By half time the game was in the bag for Real, as Ramos scored two good headers against a defense that just ended up looking at other as if to say who was marking him? Then, from their own box burst the Real Express and before they new what hit them, a perfect slide rule pass across the box from Bale and Ronaldo was never going to miss, 3-0.
The second half was a slightly calmer affair, with Bayern having tons of possession but going from side to side, not one of them broke through the solid white line. The tippy tappy passing system seemed weak and light weight, and not one striker really took it upon them selves to drive through the line with the ball and turn Real’s defenders. Arjen Robben did his usual from out to in dribble and shoot, but it was always covered by the keeper. Ronaldo got his usual freekicks just outside the box, and the first went sailing over the bar. Finally he got another chance and he duped the apposing wall into jumping and with great technique he drove the ball under the leaping wall and that was 4-0.
The game was full of the usual faking of injuries and the relentless pushing ans shoving that follows, in essence it was quite ugly at times. Franck Ribéry should have been sent off for slapping a Real player in the face, but the ref didn’t see it. Given how frenetic it was I thought the Ref had a good game. The only black spot for Real Madrid was Alonso, who needlessly slid through the back of a player and was yellow carded, which means he misses the final. Whether it’s Chelsea or Athletic Madrid in the final, one thing for sure is they will have their hands full of a buoyant and confident Real…Do you think Bayurn’s tactics were wreckless? let me know…