Over two-legs the Champions League semi-final between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich was as close as the score would indicate. Many of the statistics reinforce how well matched these two teams actually where and how they largely mimicked each other.
But first of all let us start at the end – here are the are penalty kicks. Sadly this is not available in 3-D because the graphic cannot do justice to how Sergio Ramos skied his attempt.
Here are a series of statistics that show how close these teams were.
All attempts on goal – Real Madrid favoring an attack from the left (Ronaldo)while Bayern prioritized from the other side (Robben).
The passing range and choices in the attacking third were similar although Bayern passed the ball with slightly greater success. Bayern also opted for a more direct approach on more occasions but it rarely succeeded.
Crosses into the penalty areas were not particularly fruitful for either side (they rarely are in any game) although both penalty awards had their genesis in balls played in. Real’s started with a delicious ball from Marcelo while Bayern attempted to find Gomez. Such are the statistics the Real effort was deemed successful while Bayern’s was chalked down as a failure.
There was one area of significant difference and that was in fouls conceded. Bayern aggressively shut Real Madrid down and that often translated into fouls conceded.
Gustavo had a terrific match for Bayern but he was also a serial fouler. Eventually the referee booked him on his ninth foul and that means he will miss the Final on May 19th.
Gustav0 and Khedira were asked to play similar roles but generally operated in slightly different areas and chose different passing outlets.Gustavo plugged the area in front of the Bayern central defenders while Khedira was offered a longer leash.
Some of contrasting head-to-head comparisons. Lahm vs Ronaldo and Arbeloa vs. Ribery were interesting match ups that required defensive proficiency from the full backs and also a contribution when their teams attacked.
Arguably Lahm led himself down when he allowed Ronaldo through for the second goal but he redeemed himself going forward.
Bayern left back David Alaba is just nineteen and within minutes of the start he had conceded a penalty and then received a yellow card that means he misses the Final. A weaker character might have allowed his head to drop but the Austrian had a terrific game. Same goes for the often tempestuous Marcelo for Real Madrid. Marcelo showed boundless enthusiasm and drive going forward.
Finally a couple of representations of the role played by Mario Gomez for Bayern Munich. He wasn’t as successful as Ronaldo in front of goal.
Nor was he as mobile as Karim Benzema
But with his willingness to show for passes and his appetite for hard work he may have been more influential than both in relation to the outcome.
Anything that stood out for you in this game?
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