Real v. Bayern: Counters-A-Plenty

Kickoff shortly to discover who Chelsea’s opponent will be in the Champion’s League Final.

Friends and enemies....

This may be as thrilling if not more than yesterday’s if merely for the fast the Jose Mourinho’s side need to open it up and Bayern’s domestic campaign is lost. That and the Champion’s League Final is in their backyard.

This is Bayern’s game of the season. Period. They’ll have found some redemption if they merely offer a Final in Munich to their fans.

Meanwhile, the La Liga super club storyline changes with a win to by the home side. Suddenly, the Madridistas have vanquised Barcelona directly and in the table and have a chance to climb atop the Champion’s League perch and claim that they–not Barca–are the best team in the world.

Starting line-ups shortly.

 

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6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by KickinNames... on 2012/04/25 at 2:51 PM

    Bayern looked the better side throughout. And it’s always extra special watching The Special One walk down the tunnel without that smirk.

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  2. Posted by matthewsf on 2012/04/25 at 2:57 PM

    True. Franck Ribery is such a good player. Probably deserves almost similar plaudits to Didier Drogba.

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  3. Posted by Brady Mullis on 2012/04/25 at 3:33 PM

    Someone who knows more than me help me out. I didn’t understand the Ribery substitution at all. When he went out the Bayern attack pretty much went with him.

    Ribery may have been tired, but everyone was. Mueller’s good, but is more of a threat when allowed to roam, not when playing winger opposite Robben. If it was to keep him eligible for the final (a yellow would have ruled him out) that seems awfully risky given how much game was left.

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    • Posted by matthewsf on 2012/04/25 at 4:01 PM

      I agree and I think it was soley because he was starting to get a little chippy up the wing and even deep in his zone. Perhaps it was more for worry about a set piece in their defensive end. Don’t understand it either.

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    • Posted by Blue Devil on 2012/04/25 at 9:13 PM

      Ribery was a spent force. He was knackered. Bayern needed a fresh set of legs to maintain positioning on the wings, and Mueller was the man for the job.

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  4. Posted by dth on 2012/04/25 at 7:22 PM

    OT but (so angry I had to travel on Champions League day), when did Schellas Hyndman become such a weak-tight head coach?

    Good for him getting Jonathan Top his debut. His body has changed substantially since I saw him last. Intriguing player as a ’93 and yet another ’93 or younger forward has debuted. (Salgado, Bijev, Top, McBean).

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