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Some Real Madrid Tiki Taka :D
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Bayern cant handle the counter attack. Could have should have been 3-0.
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Also Modric and Alonso were on Boss difficulty.
Coentrao Man of the Match!
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I wonder how would Barca vs Bayern match look this year. They would probable have to change the rules,so that the team with more possession wins,with the away possession counting as well lol.
+1
I think bayern would probably dominate possession because of peps tactics
I am glad that we didn't get a chance to play against them .they would thrash us considering barca never going to sit back n waiting for counter like many other .atpresent they are absolutely best possession based team .
^Lionel Messi. An element lacking from this Bayern team's tika taka. That could be the difference, although Barca's defence.... might tilt the game in favour of Bayern.
I wonder where all the Karim haters went? They're probably still lurking in their caves.
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He was great. Pressured the two centre backs, dropped deep and started counter attacks to the wings as well. Topped off by a goal.
Here's a highlight of Karim vs Neuer. It also includes his post-match presser containing a few words for his haters.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BiLCJxpqi4
^^

That's a clip from the movie Troy, playboy.
It's also from MM :P
Lol
Don't tell me you guys don't get it...
I'm here! Still hating strong :) LOL
+2
Benz will always have his haters including ME especially when his production is less than what is desired. Though he has scored in big games it means 0 if we don't benefit the rewards from it. Yes scoring the winning goal against Bayern is a big thing but scoring next week against them or setting up another is also wanted. We only hate on players who have immense talent and their production on the pitch given the games/mins does not reflect such.

In the end there's no fan who doesn't want the players representing their team to do well and make a good showing of themselves whilst wearing the colors of the team.
+1
Can someone GIF Iker's amazing save
+2
Anyone else impressed with the way Carvajal and Coentrao (supported by Di Maria and Isco, respectively) dealt with Bayern's wing-play? I personally didn't expect such performances.
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The fullbacks were on their game today. Particularly Coentrao. I was pretty impressed with him.
I thought Coentrao was superb. He deserves to play at All I and arena, his defense is required over Marcelo's offense imho. I think Carvajal was a bit reckless at times, plus the dive was pretty bad.

Isco I heard was criticised which is dumb. He was solid, put pressure, and win the ball. Defensively he shut their midfield down with Alonso.
Yes he(Isco)did his job well (defensively) but he showed us what we looked like in the early Mou era when each time we won the ball we passed it straight back to Barcelona.
So we re going to Lisbon by bus !!!
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Nahh we are going by Catinaccio train!!!
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real madrid has got one feet on the train and while chelsea is standing up just behind the doorstep.
AWWWW what a sweet picture:P


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If Gareth Bale was playing today from the start, we would've been up by 2 or 3 goals. With his pace and Ronaldo more counter attack chances would be created. But let's finish this job in Germany.

I won $70 because of my confidence in our current Squad. Hala Madrid
Actually, I think the way Real Madrid set-up today was a more beneficial approach. Without a doubt Real Madrid will lose ground if they intend to play Bayern for possession. That being said, they need to be disciplined, compact, and very attentive (in case a counter-attacking opportunity arises). With this in mind, maybe it was best they started with only one of Ronaldo or Bale. That way, they'd be able to field a midfield of Di Maria, Alonso, Modric, and Isco.

This midfield is important in maintaining discipline, mobility, and attending to defensive responsibilities. Also, they have the necessary attacking mind-set to release Benzema or Ronaldo (and Di Maria) into space. Benzema will then proceed to provide the final play to another attacker, or in a case similar to today, he'll find the back of the net.

I don't think sacrificing Isco or Di Maria, who also played a major role in supporting Coentrao and Carvajal, respectively, is more productive than trying to field both Ronaldo and Bale, especially now that the impetus is on Bayern to score in the Alianz.

It was similar to the way Real Madrid played Barcelona in Mestalla with the only exception being Bale instead of Ronaldo. I think this is the way they should deal with possession-oriented sides: discipline and sacrifice. Di Maria AND Isco on the pitch with either Ronaldo OR Bale is a more disciplined line-up than Ronaldo AND Bale with either Isco or Di Maria.
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@asasiyun i respect your view.. but i don't see a problem with putting bale in at all. ronaldo i'd be a little more worried about with staying too offensive but i believe if ancelotti has a word with bale to stay disciplined defensively and choose his runs wisely.. we would be super dangerous. after all.. the kid started off in defence. :)

our players know whats at stake.. no offense but they're professionals playing at the highest level in the toughest tournament. they'll exhibit discipline.

that away goal is GOLD to me!
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Raff, we lacked discipline against Borussia Dortmund in SIP last season, and against Barcelona in the Bernabeu 3 seasons ago. Against Bayern, we lacked mobility and flexibility to deal with their midfield. So I'm not completely optimistic about our squad travelling to Germany.
But while Bale does a fairly decent job in defending, and does an adequate job in pressing the opposition, playing him and Ronaldo at the same time means you sacrifice Isco. Against possession extremists like Bayern and Barcelona, Real Madrid need a midfield capable of sustaining pressure, moving the ball effectively, and supporting their back-line. This becomes a lot easier with mobile players like Di Maria, Modric, and Isco. All 3 have proven to do a reasonably good job against Barcelona and Bayern in our last two encounters.

This also makes Alonso's job a lot easier too. Today, he put in a superb performance. Possibly his best all season.

Ronaldo or Bale, whomever doesn't start, can come on as an impact-sub against a fatigued Bayern. I don't think this approach needs to be adopted against all sides - just against Bayern for now.

And we have to be weary of the situation that Bayern are more pressured to score than we are. It's okay to start the match with 1 less attacker (for a midfielder) against them. Might even be more wise.
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@asasiyun i completely respect the view.. and thank you for your insight. i like the idea but I'm not sure ancelotti will opt to put one superstar or the other on the bench to start, especially when healthy. the bayern pressure will be heavy and constant.. but an away goal will be a dagger.

any way to include bale and ronaldo in the lineup vs bayern? tactically speaking..
I don't think playing both Ronaldo and Bale would be the best choice to be honest.

Bayern are pressured to score, and they'll want the early goal desperately. With this in mind, and with the prediction that Pep will slightly alter his tactics by being more direct and confrontational than he's used to, they might be more open to hit on the break.

But unlike Real Madrid's recent trip to Germany, they'll be going to the Alianz expecting to suffer. Real Madrid should set themselves up accordingly (the same way Real Madrid did tonight), and look to catch them on the break. I think if Ancelotti plays the same personnel he did today (whether he chooses to replace Ronaldo for Bale is a different matter), they'll be better equipped to endure Bayern's likely assault, and quickly hit them when they leave themselves open.

Bayern's CB-pairing is hardly convincing, and even though I expect Pep to play Lahm as a RB this time, they're a lot more vulnerable than Europe's lay fans make them out to be. Will be important to withstand those first 20 minutes though, and that's where the midfield support comes in (i.e. Alonso, Modric, Di Maria, and Isco).
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I trust Ancelotti will be disinterested by any disparaging ego's, and will put the team's goals and ambitions ahead instead. Furthermore, I also believe both Ronaldo, and especially Bale, will accept any sacrifice that must be made for the sake of the team.
either way.. i think pep's bayern will be more open this time around due to them having to attack to even up the aggregate. i think that 4 man midfield was a nice response today and also will be in the next leg. i was never nervy when it came to defense today.. i was more so on the offensive end.

now i know coentrao was great today.. and he setup the only goal but seeing the defense as it was today and possibly for the next leg.. are we missing marcelo's ball to put us into space, relieve some pressure, and transition from defense to offense quicker?
i thought bale's contribution was impactful and immediate. i think he'd relish the role and see it through if it came to that decision.
I like Bale, and I don't mind him starting. I just don't want both Ronaldo and Bale to start against Bayern. Perhaps Bale will get the nod if Ancelotti and Ronaldo think his injury concerns will hamper his performance against them. He wasn't even fully fit today.

Marcelo is always a great asset, but Coentrao did his job effectively, not only today, but against another possession extremist in Barcelona at the CDR final. Having said that, I'm more comfortable with Coentrao against these kind of sides. Marcelo is better used against sides who will cede possession and play a compact back line.

While Marcelo is more dynamic than Coentrao, the difference is not as significantly large in my opinion. I also think that Coentrao's positioning is a lot more reliable than Marcelo's, a characteristic that might hold more value than dynamism for our LB against Bayern's Robben + Lahm.
@Raff I think Asasiyun is referring to this tactic. I quite agree with him though http://www.realmadridfootballblog.com/2014/04/first-taste-real-madrid-2-barcelona-1/
^ Yes, the writer of that article does a good job of elaborating on Ancelotti's tactical set-up. Like he predicted, it was applicable against Pep's Bayern.
@SRA @asasiyun.. beautiful guys.. thanks.


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85
52
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27
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28
94
5
3
26
34
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79
62
32
94
4
4
25
33
3
62
22
37
59
8
8
18
34
4
59
18
47
65
9
8
17
34
5
54
7
51
58
10
9
15
34
6
52
12
40
52
12
7
15
34
7
45
0
47
47
13
9
12
34
8
41
-6
44
38
15
8
11
34
9
41
-6
43
37
15
8
11
34
10
41
-11
41
30
13
11
10
34
11
40
-29
71
42
18
4
12
34
12
40
-11
51
40
16
7
11
34
13
37
-20
50
30
19
4
11
34
14
35
-25
54
29
17
8
9
34
15
35
-19
46
27
15
11
8
34
16
32
-18
50
32
13
14
6
33
17
32
-22
51
29
18
8
8
34
18
30
-32
68
36
20
6
8
34
19
22
-40
69
29
22
7
5
34
20
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15
5
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0
1
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14
8
3
1
2
6
2
6
0
9
9
2
3
1
6
3
4
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13
4
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1
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