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Bobby McMahon

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You can see me on Soccer Central most Mondays and Thursdays on Rogers Sportsnet in Canada. I write a regular column for Forbes.com and Soccerly.com and frequently guest on various podcasts and radio shows.


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How Bayern Munich Beat Borussia Dortmund To Win The 2013 UEFA Champions League

Written by on May 27, 2013 | 2 Comments »
Posted in Bayern Mnchen, Borussia Dortmund, UEFA Champions League

Background

The Bundesliga became the fourth league to provide both teams for a Champions League Final. La Liga (Real Madrid vs. Valencia ’00), Serie A (Milan vs. Juventus ’03) and the Barclays Premier League (Manchester United vs. Chelsea ’08) all came before.

Bayern was making a third appearance in the final of the Champions League in the last four seasons having lost previously to Inter in 2010 and to Chelsea in 2012.

Bayern entered the match having already won….. to read more please click on the link.


2 responses to “How Bayern Munich Beat Borussia Dortmund To Win The 2013 UEFA Champions League”

  1. Gbenga says:

    Bobby,

    Excellent analysis and breakdown… Bayern learned a lot from that loss to Chelsea last year and I knew it was at the back of their minds coming into this game against Dortmund… They knew playing well wouldn’t be enough and they had to apply a more tactical approach to their pattern and style of play… The personal, picked for this match was perfect and it all worked out well in the end…

    I also noticed Boateng sort of played Man-Marking role on Robert Lewandowski similar to the role he played on Drogba last year before he got the late equalizer in Munich, while Dante was played the sweeper role, clearing anything that gets very close to the box… The role of Javi Martinez was key and covered a lot of ground going back and forth…

    Great game overall and glad to see Bayern finally win the cup… They deserved it…

  2. Smiley says:

    It seemed as if Dortmund came out with a full press and all out attack which threw Bayern off a bit in the first half. It was as if they dared Bayern to play a counter attacking style which Bayern refused to do out of principle and the fact that they knew they had a much stronger side and always attacked.

    In the second half, Bayern attacked in the same unsuccesful fashion for a while and then suddenly switched to counter attacking to throw Dortmund off when fatigue had set in.

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