Champions League Preview: Real Madrid v Bayern Munich preview the Champions League semi-final second leg between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich…


As Bayern take a slim advantage into the second leg at the Santiago Bernabéu, Castrol EDGE performance data shows how the Germans’ better occupation of the flanks was the difference in the semi-final first leg 2-1 win over Real Madrid, with Mario Gomez’s late winner following an exquisite cross from full back Philipp Lahm.  

The two graphics below illustrate how The Bavarians’ creative duo Franck Ribéry (7) and Arjen Robben (10) enjoyed wide roles while all four Real Madrid attacking players occupied central positions.

Gomez, Ribéry and Robben also had support from captain Philipp Lahm on the right wing, whose countless incursions in the danger zone contrasted with that of his Real Madrid counterpart Álvaro Árbeloa.

Clincher of the opening goal last week, Ribéry’s creative instincts could prove key at the Bernabeu: in the knockout stages of this season’s competition, no player has provided as many assists bas the French international (4).

Bayern Munich attempted twice as many crosses (20-10) as Real Madrid last week at the Allianz Arena (see graphics below) and both of their goals resulted from a wide ball poorly dealt with by Jose Mourinho’s side.

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