Here are some things that I felt stood out as I went over the statistics from the Bayern Munich versus Chelsea Champions League Final. Some are very obvious to anyone who watched the game, some others maybe not so much. If some of the images are overly small please click on the image and it open in another window and in a larger format.
Bayern Munich dominated the attempts on goal 43 to Chelsea’s 9. But less than half of Bayern’s attempts got past a Chelsea defender.
Chelsea conceded many more fouls – almost twice as many.
In a situation where a team finds it is under as much pressure as Chelsea it not unusual to find the defensive midfield players committing fouls as panic sets in. It was not the case with John Obi Mikel and Frank Lampard.In fact Mikel was called for a foul only twice and Lampard once. The Chelsea players that racked up the most fouls were Kalou and Luiz.
Mueller was taken out of the game just after he gave Bayern the lead. Mata, surprisingly, went the full 120 minutes. Nominally both played behind the strikers but Mueller could be found more often than not on the right side while Mata operated on a longer leash.
The impression from watching the match was that Mueller was by far the more involved of the two but the passing statistics at least would seem to show otherwise.
Arjen Robben’s part in the Final will be debated long and hard by Bayern supporters and neutral supporters.
In total 15 attempts on goal and only 5 made Petr Cech work.
Fernando Torres came on as a substitute for Kalou as soon as Bayern Munich took the lead. His willingness to chase and work the Bayern Munich defence during extra time offered the Chelsea defence some much needed breathing room. I felt his contribution – as limited as it was to 36 minutes – has been undervalued.
And finally to the two main strikers Mario Gomez and Didier Drogba.
Dashboard – Yellow X – successful tackle; Purple X – Failed tackle; Green diamond – interception; Purple I – Block; Orange o – Successful clearance; Purple o – Failed clearance; Orange inverted v – successful aerial dual; Purple inverted v – failed aerial dual; Blue arrow – Successful pass; Red arrow – Failed pass
While Gomez started strongly in the first 45 minutes he drifted out of the game over the next 75 minutes + added time. Drogba was much more consistent throughout the entire match – including of the course the last crucial penalty kick.
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