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Champions League Analysis: Bayern Munich v Roma

Mueller Wonder Goal Breaks Roman Hearts.

Louis van Gaal’s men showed fierce determination to break down an extremely defensive Roma side who barely put a pass forward throughout the match. Late goals from Thomas Mueller and Miroslav Klose dispatched the Italian outfit and put Bayern Munich in prime position for a spot in the round of sixteen.

Bayern Munich dominated possession from start to finish, and passed the ball very effectively. Schweinsteiger and van Bommel kept the ball inside Roma’s half and played it around the penalty area throughout the match, but breaking through the disciplined Italian defense was not an easy task. A Roman midfield containing Brighi, De Rossi, Perrotta, and Pizarro provides very little if any width at all, meaning Ranieri’s men were looking to play a very tight, defensive midfield and that coming away with a draw was the priority for the Italian side.

With just twelve minutes left to go, Roma’s defensive work was undone by a bit of brilliance from Thomas Mueller, who scored with the outside of his foot from a ridiculous angle. The curve on that ball was deadly, and beating Julio Sergio between the sticks for Roma was no easy task. Sergio thwarted Mueller from point-blank range earlier on in the game, but Mueller got his revenge with an absolute wonder-goal that even received a standing ovation from Franz Beckenbauer.

This win could put the confidence back into the Bayern Munich squad, and things could really start to click for the side who did so well last season in the Champions League as well as walking away with the DFB Pokal and the Bundesliga title last season. This weekend, Bayern Munich will host Koln in what should be an emphatic win for van Gaal’s side, should they continue to play so strongly.

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  1. Diriye

    September 17, 2010 at 4:27 am

    Haha, Bayern is going with same squad that was beaten by Inter with no reliable striker and they think they can win CL? Remember last year it was Robben who rescued them.

    Barcelona looks really scarythis year and the only team that can beat them may be Muorinho’s Real.

  2. David

    September 17, 2010 at 3:00 am

    Watch it there, Will G! Francesco Totti is as close to a god as there is on this planet. And Roma have never cheated at any time, but always been exemplars of the Corinthian spirit of good sportsmanship & fair play. Long may it continue.

    If only there were more clubs like Roma!

  3. Will G

    September 16, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    An important win indeed. And so very nice to see. There are few talented teams I really dislike, but Roma is one. Cheating and escaping punishment in 2006, the rascist fans and the consistantly annoying Totti (and once Cassano) make for a great villain team.

    “…beat­ing Julio Ser­gio between the sticks for Roma was no easy task…”
    Julio Ser­gio – who knew? Not me, man there are a lot of good players out there!

  4. David

    September 16, 2010 at 1:19 am

    It’s hardly surprising that Roma played that way. Not because they’re Italian or that Rainier’s defensive — it’s because they’ve started the season badly & they just lost 5-1 to Cagliari. Once they win a few games & get some confidence they’ll attack. I hope it won’t be too late. I’m one of those broken Roman hearts.

    That said, it all could’ve been very different had Boriello put that one away. That’s what they signed him for. Then again, maybe that’s why Milan let him go.

    • Dylan Thomas

      September 16, 2010 at 8:04 am

      I personally like Adriano better than Borriello. I’ve never felt Borriello’s got that extra bit of quality that you need from a striker; he doesn’t look like he’s ever going to make anything happen on his own. At least Adriano will try things that you don’t expect. I still think Milan will flop badly if they get any injuries whatsoever. They have no cover at all. At central defense and up top, especially, they’re very light if they lose Nesta or Zlatan for any period of time. I think Roma will finish ahead of them.

  5. Nick

    September 15, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    I really don’t care about our Bundesliga title, we have too many of them lol, but this year and next year I really want Bayern to win the Champions League, simply to show the world that German teams aren’t bad, I would love for an all german final but….

    Look what Van Gaal said after the game, it’s like he took the words out of my mouth!

    “Roma played like Inter in the Champions League final, and I do not like it. You may love to watch this style of football – 10 men behind the ball – but I do not,” he concluded.

    • Dylan Thomas

      September 15, 2010 at 7:12 pm

      Oh come on, you’d be devastated if Bayern Munich failed to win the league!

      They didn’t play like Inter, they played like Rangers did last night against Manchester United. Which is fine, they have every right to sit behind the ball and defend, and it’s up to Bayern to break them down. And they did!

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