Two elements were FC Bayern’s undoing against Eintracht Frankfurt in DFB-Pokal final on Saturday. The opponents’ pressing and a lack of firepower on the wings deservedly sunk the ship.
In a game with decent attacking intent, Köln were liberal in their use of long passes and crosses. Bayern matched the hosts and then raised the stakes in the second half to emerge winners from the game of long balls.
Barring a tweak in midfield, Bayern’s return leg against Real Madrid felt like a repeat of the first. The Bavarians dominated the game thoroughly, but failed to capitalise and paid the price.
Bayern kicked Eintracht Frankfurt hard in an interesting game. Die Roten’s future manager Niko Kovač tried to use pressure to neutralise the young Bavarian side but had that pressure used against him.
Bayern used a well-known tactical formula to stifle Real Madrid. Tactically, it worked. It is a shame that the attack failed to turn chances into goals.
Despite exhibiting a couple of defensive flaws in both halves, Bayern obliterated Bayer Leverkusen in the DFB-Pokal semi-final. Jupp Heynckes’ secret weapon? His usual weapon.
Bayern struggled at first to undo Borussia Mönchengladbach’s tactical antidote. However, die Roten quickly identified the problem and strangled the Foals until the problem was no more.
Bayern progressed through to the Champions League semi-finals after a 0:0 draw at the Allianz Arena. Sevilla changed their tactical approach from the first leg and managed to keep the game goalless.
Sevilla gave Bayern an expected, but thoroughly unpleasant amount of trouble. They needed James Rodríguez’s talent to untangle a tightly knit defensive scheme.
In a thoroughly one-sided first half, Bayern Munich scored five past a hapless Borussia Dortmund. The visitors’ midfield was ill-equipped to deal with the Bavarian press and did not show the effort to make up for it.