A Battle For The Soul Of Football

Adam Bate was in the Santiago Bernabeu to watch Real Madrid beat Bayern Munich 1-0. It was a clash of styles that felt like far more than just a contest between two teams...

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altamont (Manchester United) says...

"But such is the debate that's been sparked, you'd think it was a battle for the soul of football itself." - debate sparked by whom? f365 writers in order to justify their stories?

Posted 7:06am 25th April 2014

shea666 (Manchester United) says...

I said at the start to my dad that Bayern would dominate possession and Madrid would hit them on the break, hardly brain surgery but that's how it worked out. At half time I said Bayern would hold the score or maybe cautiously try for an equalizer and hedge their bets on a home win, which again was maybe obvious. Bayern seem to play better in Munich and having watched Benfica vs Juventus I see Juve doing the same and going for a home win in the second leg

Posted 12:45am 25th April 2014

kev254 (Arsenal) says...

...... A big chance is one where a player is reasonably expected to score e.g. one on one with goal keeper or from close range..... Then it says here that Bayern did not create even a single one.. Did I totally imagine Mario Gotze spurning one??

Posted 2:14pm 24th April 2014

thegame983 says...

Yeah I really think Bayern blew it last night.. They will most likely have to score 3 goals at least next week which is a big ask

Posted 1:38pm 24th April 2014

the duke says...

Not taking shots from distance when you have schweinsteiger, robben, kroos, and the rest is criminal! Even when saved/deflected they cause corners, keeper spills for forwards to poach etc! The child inside kroos is desperate to shoot, let him pep.

Posted 1:00pm 24th April 2014

bungle1976 (Manchester United) says...

Great article. Before the semi-final draw, I fancied Madrid to go through against anyone except Atletico. We made Bayern's defence look shaky on occassions playing "punt & run" and I fancied Madrid's version of this, with Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema, would be even more troublesome than Welbz & Rooney. Last night was a perfect example of "Sterile domination" . There was a moment in the 1st half when Bayern broke up a Madrid attack and Kroos picked up the ball inside the centre circle. For a moment, it was a prime opportunity to thrust forward with speed and catch Madrid out of position, but Pep's tactical instructions were clear as Kroos calmly shuffled sideways and casually played the ball inside to Lahm, who then played it on to Bastian, and the pattern of play was set. There wasn't even a thought of attacking quickly. Pep seems to have changed Bayern into a version of the team that was smashed by Bayern last year...

Posted 12:45pm 24th April 2014

luca_85 (Chelsea) says...

Little harsh on Chelsea, our game was so dire because Atletico didn't really bother to attack too. Anyway a good article though, I personally much prefer the rapid counter attack football. Liverpool and Dortmund are very good at that too, its just so much more fun to watch than sterile possession. Anyway part of the beauty of football is all the different styles so i'm glad Barca and Bayern play that way, I just don't enjoy watching it.

Posted 12:30pm 24th April 2014

gongclough (Tottenham Hotspur) says...

I like the way people are talking about Bayern as if they are a bad side, using works like flawed, when they are in the semi finals of the champions league after winning their domestic league in record time. People like Neville, especially him, should remember what this Bayern side did to Man Utd only a few weeks ago after seemingly struggling in the first leg away from home.

Posted 12:19pm 24th April 2014

tonyv25 (Manchester United) says...

Nice article. I had a feeling that bayern would get knocked out by one of madrid, Chelsea or psg. The team was a lot better to watch last year (there was also less fawning by Adrian chiles and the like)

Posted 9:36am 24th April 2014

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