Bayern crashed into Köln in yet another lacklustre attacking display. The team struggled to keep shots between the posts despite creating plenty of chances.
I never thought I would be thankful for an international break, but here I am. Bayern’s week ended in a bittersweet note. After losing to Atlético, the team looked to bounce back and continue its perfect Bundesliga start. It turned out to be a frustrating affair.
So, what did the numbers throw?
Bayern dominated proceedings throughout the first half and most of the second. The players intelligently handled changes in possession. This resulted in a flurry of interceptions and (mostly) successful tackles:
The only noteworthy blemish in Bayern’s oppression scheme came in the aerial duels. Die Roten managed to win less than 50% of those. The action in both halves and both phases of play was dominated by Köln.
Now, if you recover the ball, the next step is to make the attacking transition. Bayern did that relatively well. More so in the first half than the second. Arjen Robben and Kingsley Coman added some welcome pace to the wingplay, which almost invariably threw Köln into panic mode.
Both the players wreaked havoc either side of Effzeh‘s defence.
Indeed, Bayern managed to take the ball into the attacking third with relative ease. An extra step came in the creation of chances. Die Roten were much more prolific on the day than in other games.
However, this chances diagram starts to show the problem had against Köln. Let us look at it.
Out of aim
Indeed, Bayern’s biggest problem today was shooting accuracy. It is no use creating so many chances if you are going to squander them all. The team failed to be clinical with only a handful of chances against Atlético, and repeated the feat today, albeit having many more opportunities to widen the lead.
Although three attempts hit the woodwork, the amount of off-target shots was disconcerting.
That is what (at least) 18 shots off target look like.
Oh, you want to see the counterpart? You want to see the myriad of blue “on-target” arrows that restores the balance disrupted by this discomforting dashboard?
Okay, here you go.
Yeah. Ouch is correct.
Some stats analysis pieces are complicated. They throw tons of numbers at you. Left-footed shots, middle third passes, backward passes, distance covered. Sometimes, you need these complicated measurements to really paint the picture of a game.
However, today’s game does not need such an approach. It was simple: Bayern submitted Köln for long passaged of the game, but failed to deliver the final hit.
In the end, it came back to haunt Carlo Ancelotti’s men.