Uninspired and undisciplined Bayern Munich and brilliant team play from Atlético de Madrid gave the hosts deserved victory at Calderon in Madrid.
Atlético’s individuals better than Bayern’s
It is a known fact that Atlético play as a unit but on Wednesday night, most players prevailed individually over Bayern’s players.
Xabi Alonso’s mistake lead to the solitary goal but there were other instances where Atleti could have scored easily, including Antoine Griezmann’s missed penalty.
Gabi, who is just a year younger than Xabi, was playing a similar role for the home team. He completed 88% of his passes compared to 86% of Xabi’s. He also won double the aerial duels (four) than Alonso’s two. He made four important interceptions and three clearances.
Atletico had 16 shots on target while Bayern had 15. Of equal importance, they had one more shot on target (five) than Bayern’s four. They hit the woodwork twice too. Yannich Carrasco had four shots on goal, the most by any player in the game.
A star in the centre of the pitch was Koke. With 88 touches and three key passes, he was the heart of Atlético’s unit. Seven of his 11 long balls were accurate. Defensively, he blocked two important shots. He also made one clearance and two interceptions.
Juanfran and Filipe Luis were the biggest performers as they did not give any space to Bayern’s wide men. They also contributed to the attack while Luis won the penalty off Arturo Vidal.
In defence, Juanfran made four tackles, five interceptions and one block. Luis made four tackles, three interceptions and four blocks.
Filipe Luis had five dribbles, the highest count in the match. He also had two shots on goal. Bayern’s full-backs David Alaba and Philipp Lahm had higher pass completion rates than Luis, considering Bayern passed a lot sideways at the back.
Madrid’s wide defenders were clear winners. They hardly gave any space to Bayern’s attack and counterattacked effectively when presented with opportunity.
Even though Diego Simeone was spot on with tactics, Bayern’s were equally bad. Wide players were often caught in one-on-three or two-on-three situations to affect the game. Robert Lewandowski was isolated, without support from the middle.
Bayern completed six dribbles compared to Atleti’s 11. All six dribbles came from Alaba and Franck Ribéry.
Bayern were dispossessed 18 times. As you see in the picture below, most of the possession losses happened in the first two thirds, not in the final third as you would expect.
Die Roten’s crossing was very bad, as only eight crosses out of 23 were accurate. David Alaba had four accurate crosses while Lahm, Thomas Müller, Ribéry only managed one accurate cross each.
The German Champions were horribly undisciplined. They committed a total of 17 fouls, compared with 13 for Atleti, who are supposed to be a much more physical and rough side. Vidal and Thiago Alcantara committed total of nine fouls. They both were lucky not get a second yellow card.
Bayern did not attack as a team, defend as a team and failed to possess the ball in the midfield. Los Rojiblancos executed their plan perfectly.
The stats show that Bayern players were poor. However, the coach also failed to provide a tactical alternative when Atlético were on top. This game should serve as a wake-up call for Carlo Ancelotti and his players.