Instant Analysis: Real Madrid 1-0 Bayern Munich

Adam Pretty

Bayern, despite having the bulk of possession, ran into usual problems and conceded on the break. They eventually lost 1-0.

Pep Guardiola's line up contained quite a few surprises. He dared to do the unthinkable and placed Rafinha at right back instead of Philipp Lahm against Cristiano Ronaldo. Also, Bastian Schweinsteiger played in the hole behind the striker instead of Toni Kroos:

First Half

1)Bayern could have been 3-0 down. On another day, the chances missed by Cristiano Ronaldo and Angel Di Maria would have ended in the back of the net.

2) The only goal of the half came down Rafinha's flank to nobody's surprise. Jerome Boateng is culpable as well nonetheless as is the rest of the side for allowing the fast break to happen.

3) Millions of corners and not one meaningful one - is anyone else reminded of the game which I am reminded of?

4) Mario Mandzukic played as a winger at times and Schweinsteiger the striker with either Philipp Lahm or Arjen Robben coming into the hole. Nonetheless, Bayern needed Mandzukic to be in the box and not on the wing.

5) How many times does Pep have to be reminded that possession does not win games? Bayern had 74% at the end of the half.

6) Real began to tire and yet, Bayern failed to do anything meaningful. Robben has been great for us this season but he was particularly wasteful in possession.

7) Pepe meanwhile decided to get up and then fall again in order to catch Howard Webb's attention and Lahm's too. Lahm very sportingly put the ball out in what was seemingly a promising attack.

Second Half

1) Bayern grew worse in the second half. Manuel Neuer was forced into quite a few saves.

2) Guardiola seemed to admit his error as he took Rafinha off for Javier Martinez. He also brought on Mario Gotze and Thomas Muller. However, the team actually grew worse. Gotze had the best chance for Bayern but was denied. I think it goes without saying that Gotze should have done better.

3) Gareth Bale's introduction helped Real Madrid gain more possession; their overall hold up play also improved.

4) Bayern lacked urgency; this is more down to Guardiola than the team. So explosive under Heynckes, they have lost their cutting edge and go into the second leg a goal down and with no away goal to their name. Moving Lahm into defense and Basti to the bench saw Bayern lose their edge to a certain extent in midfield.

That's it from me. Hope for better for next week. Don't expect it though. Because under Guardiola, nothing but possession matters.

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