After a heavy Champions League defeat against Barcelona, we checked what went so wrong for Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola. Can he even hope for a miracle?
Opta-powered fantasy football game www.oulala.com analysed the first-leg shots, dribbles, tackles … and Lionel Messi.
Messi, Messi …
The all-time top scorer in the Champions League scored a brace from four shots to put the Catalan club in command, and also netted an assist from four key passes. Guardiola already admitted that no player can stop him when inspired.
The possession was tightly matched all the way, but surprisingly the Bavarians finished the game having edged possession by 53%-47%. Not much to do here.
The German giants also lead the way with more passes and passing accuracy of 84 percent. However, passes should be eventually transformed to shots, right?
Oh well, the stats show that Bayern failed to fire in a single shot on target. Manuel Neuer, on the other hand, faced eight shots.
Without the likes of Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and David Alaba, the German team can’t really keep up with Barça on that department. 3 successful dribbles out of 10 attempts says it all.
Guardiola’s men made almost twice as many tackles as Blaugrana. Praiseworthy, but the execution, as you can see, wasn’t very effective.
Can the Bavarians pull off one of the greatest comebacks in the history of European competitions after Liverpool in 2005?