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Heading into the second leg of CL with too many questions and few answers


Bayern head into the second leg of the champions league with too many questions in their head and very few answers.They could have gone for an all out attack in the first leg as it was an away game but Pep stubbornly kept out the attacking duo of Gotze and Muller, until it was too late. The introduction of the duo changed the game on its head but it was too late by then. So now, trailing in the second leg, what will be their approach? Real can and will attack with speed and accuracy -this being an away game (automatically less pressure) and having a fitter BBC, you can expect more clinical finishing from this team. But Real Madrid has always been about their offensive. They have an unstable midfield and a poor defense, which was taken apart by Reus and Co. in Dortmund's home game. True, Real showed admirable strength in midfield and defense in the first leg semi final but they were under no pressure from Bayern either. Real needs to be pressed to make errors rather than follow Pep's psychology of waiting for errors. Guardiola is stubborn but I hope he's not stubborn & foolish - he should make Lahm mark out CR7. The addition of Lahm as right back and Javi as a holding midfielder will strengthen Bayern defense. And up front they need changes badly - Muller or Gotze need to start. It would be ideal to start with Muller as Muller and Mandzukic are doubly effective when played together. If both start well and find an early goal, it will help Bayern settle into a rhythm. Kroos should start on bench as he's the ideal sub when Schweinsteiger tires. Gotze's speed could be used if the wingers (Robbery ) tire or is ineffective. In a totally different scenario, if Bayern dont find a goal in first hour, they will need to step up the attack. They should opt for Pep's favourite 4-1-4-1 formation and bring in Gotze for Javi. Adding Gotze to the midfield alongside Muller, with Mandzukic as striker and Robbery on the wings, Bayern should ideally be able to carve most defenses wide open. A lot depends on what Pep decides - Bayern are clearly underdogs in this match. Pep's decisions need to be on the money and every single Bayern player need to be at their very best to defeat a Real Madrid team brimming in confidence and talent.

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