Well, opening was good, but it petered out into a very boring, cagey, and quite incompetent game in the end. Poor defending by both sides I have to say. Really poor, which is becoming an issue because of all these silly laws brought in by those morons FIFA. That Gustavo who was busy throughout, played ok, but seriously he was penalized at times for just brushing a player? Can defenders be allowed to tackle these days? Whatever happened to a mans man? It was like non contact football at times.
Bayern were the better team over two legs apart from their horrific start, Real were disappointing, their midfield didn't take control at all. Just sat back and watch Bayern play. There was no cohesion at all with them. Amazing to think this is a world top 5 team, they looked like strangers at times really. Doesn’t help playing in a league where 90% of the games are a given. (please don’t mention the Europa League and the 3 Spanish teams there, nobody cares about that competition) They got so used to their reputations simply wining matches it seems.
Robben played well, Gustavo was busy, Schweinstiger controlled the game but wasn’t necessarily at his best. Alba was ok, played well down the left but my the defending from Real down that Right hand side
Down the left for Real I thought Marcelo was their best player, Alonso was very good, and everyone else was just patchy or poor. Crisitano took his strikes well then just disappeared for the rest of the game and missed a penalty.
The lack of competitiveness in La Liga I think hurt Real, this apart from the games vs Barca was the second team, with any real quality they had to face. Everyone else like I said that plays Madrid just rolls over. Real, the way they were dominated quite comfortably showed me that they just aren't used to playing against top teams, it's really as if they didn't expect Bayern to be such a match for them. Bayern have had many teams in their league give them a good game, especially away from home, it’s important, keeps your team sharp, and improves the quality of your players! City, Napoli on form, Basel in the away leg all gave them a good test.
My intuition has told me since the beginning of the year that Bayern would win the tournament. Hmm probably should have put a bet on it.