Yesterday’s clash between Bayern Munich and Real Madrid was touted to be a clash of the titans. As it turned out, it was anything but that. Real Madrid destroyed Bayern with a score of 0-4 with a fine display of counter attacking football. A brace from set pieces by defender Sergio Ramos set Madrid on their way in the 2nd leg of the semi-final and 2 counter attacking goals by Christiano Ronaldo were the icing on the cake.
Bayern have been the tournament favourites since it began but they have failed to sizzle in the tournament, managing to scrape through against an underperforming Manchester United and finally capitulating to a quick yet determined Real Madrid side. Pep Guardiola has already underperformed with respect to the last season where Bayern won the Treble. Although Bayern have won the Bundesliga and the Cup, their failure in the Champions league cannot be overlooked. One dimensional play and absence of a Plan B can be attributed to their failure this season.
On the other hand where it was despair for Bayern, it was delight for Real Madrid. It was a perfectly executed plan by Carlo Ancelotti, underlining his tactical acumen. Real Madrid never attempted to dominate possession, they let Bayern do that and ensured that they were clinical on the set pieces and counter attacks. Their defensive set up didn’t give Bayern any spaces and their back 4 had a brilliant night. Coentrao, although hardly ever mentioned was very effective against the attacking threat of Arjen Robben and Frank Ribery. Real Madrid were the better team on the night and deserve to be in the final.
Would this be the end of Real Madrid’s wait for ‘La Decima’? Awaiting them in the final would be either Atletico Madrid or Chelsea. Atletico have beaten Real Madrid this season and are capable of defeating anyone on the night, whereas Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho knows this Real Madrid team inside out from his spell at Real Madrid last year which ended in an acrimonious fashion. Whatever the situation be, this would be Real Madrid’s best chance to win the Champions League in the last decade and complete the ‘La Decima’ and end their 12 year long wait for the 10th Champions League title.