It started with nervousness and ended with supremacy – Bayern’s all in all very convincing win against Manchester City. A tale of how the football world watched Bayern dominate yet hardly talked about them.
I’ll admit it, I was wrong. I thought that Holger Badstuber and Arjen Robben would be fit enough to start. But I’m just an ordinary mortal, none of those uncountable, dubious, self-appointed “insiders”. And considering how the match went, I don’t even care that I was wrong. Daniel van Buyten surprised pretty much everyone with a solid performance and Toni Kroos often proved to be a reliable ball-spreading machine in tight spaces, not to mention his superb set pieces.
This is all you need to know about Bayern’s lineup, the others were the expected names. Roberto Mancini didn’t surprise, either, only replacing Joleon Lescott with Kolo Toure was a rather unexpected move.
Speaking of unexpected things, City immediately attacked, Bayern turned out to be the nervous team. It’s been months since an opponent didn’t focus on defending and counter-attacking. To say that the hosts were overwhelmed would be too much but it took them some time to get used to that much action. The first half an hour was like a rollercoaster ride, there was always some team attacking.
Aside from the aforementioned time of getting used to that much work, another reason why Bayern couldn’t create more chances were the first passes. They either weren’t accurate enough or not even played because a clearance was preferred. Who was that center back with great passing abilities again? Oh right, Holger Badstuber. Say what you want, he was missed. Especially the transition play massively lacked his clinical performance, his accurate passes.
I assume that you all watched the match (if you haven’t, do it) so I don’t have to tell you how important Gomez’ goals were for the momentum of the game. Like an ice-cold Coke after spending a week in the Sahel.
The second half? Control. Superiority. Sublimity. Let ’em run, we take care of the ball. A third goal was definitely possible but neither needed nor wanted since Fabulous Franck’s Ribery Revue was more entertaining than any goal could be. If this wasn’t world-class, nothing is. Words wouldn’t do this justice. Just watch it, I’m sure you can find a download somewhere. Chapeau.
Goals: 1-0 Gomez (38’), 2-0 Gomez (45’)
FC Bayern: Anatoliy Tymoshchuk (Kroos, 83’), Arjen Robben (Ribery, 89’), Nils Petersen (Gomez, 90’)
Manchester City: Nigel de Jong (Dzeko, 56’), James Milner (Nasri, 69’), Aleksandar Kolarov (Barry, 73’)
Other Champions League matches:
Napoli v Villarreal 2-0 (Hamsik, Cavani)
CSKA v Inter 2-3 (Dzagoev, Vagner Love; Lucio, Pazzini, Zarate)
Trabzonspor v Lille 1-1 (Colman; Sow)
Galati v Benfica 0-1 (Bruno Cesar)
Man United v Basel 3-3 (Welbeck x2, Young; F. Frei, A. Frei x2)
Real Madrid v Ajax 3-0 (Ronaldo, Kaka, Benzema)
Lyonnais v D. Zagreb 2-0 (Gomis, Kone)
Leverkusen v Genk 2-0 (Bender, Ballack)
Valencia v Chelsea 1-1 (Soldado; Lampard)
Arsenal v Olympiakos 2-1 (Oxlade-Chamberlain, Santos; Fuster)
Marseille v Dortmund 3-0 (A. Ayew x2, Remy)
Zenit v Porto 3-1 (Shirokov, Danny; Rodriguez)
Shakhtar v APOEL 1-1 (Jadson; Trickovski)
BATE v Barcelona 0-5 (Volodko OG, Pedro, Messi x2, Villa)
AC Milan v Plzen 2-0 (Ibrahimovic, Cassano)
Next match: Saturday at Hoffenheim (Bundesliga), 3.30 pm