The first thing to say is congratulations, Bayern. A deserved victory over the two legs. Typical German efficiency, coupled with power, resilience, belief, skill and plenty more over the two legs. The fallout from the defeat from the Madrid camp was relatively muted. It was relatively muted from Mourinho too, the 'Special One', the man looking to win the Champions League for a third time with a third different club. Why? Because there was little to argue with over both games. A first-leg goal Mourinho disputed as being offside for the Germans, but one he accepted. That was it. A surefire sign the Bavarians deserved all they got.
The Germans had 20 shots to Madrid's 15 at the Bernabeu, and 55 per cent of the ball. Some great chances, too. Arjen Robben just after Ronaldo's opener from the penalty spot, Frank Ribery not long after. Mario Gomez spurned a hat-trick of chances, all very decent, all capable of ending the match before the shoot-out.
Madrid looked tired. Physically and mentally. Mourinho made sure he mentioned that post-match, and many looked at it as an excuse. But it's a valid point. So much went into Saturday night's Clasico in Catalonia for both sides, mentally and physically. Pretty much a title-deciding game between two of the fiercest rivals in world football. Both sides fielded strong sides and both suffered in the Champions League just days later.
In contrast, both Bayern and Chelsea rested their core of players for their weekend domestic fixtures. Chelsea despite still needing to claim a top-four spot for Champions League football next season, Bayern with the Bundesliga heading safely to Dortmund. At Bremen on Saturday Robben, Gomez, Frank Ribery, Jerome Boateng, Toni Kroos and David Alaba were all rested.
It told, especially in the second half. While Los Blancos, and Bayern, tightened up defensively in the second half - Madrid not to allow Bayern what would have been a crucial second away goal - tiredness still crept in. Ronaldo looked as though he was going to collapse through exhaustion when the referee blew the whistle on normal time. A tough match indeed, but that tough? Or a knock-on from Saturday at the Camp Nou?
Excuses or not, Madrid could find nobody to blame for their defending on Wednesday night. I mentioned before the threat of Robben and Ribery before the first leg. Not only two of the best wingers in world football (even though Robben does, more than often, cut inside), but two of the best wingers playing against Madrid's problem area - full-back. Philipp Lahm enjoyed getting the better of Fabio Coentrao at the Allianz Arena to lay on Munich's winning goal in the first leg - although admittedly the Madrid centre-backs didn't do their jobs in defending the cross. Coentrao was the man culled from the second leg, with Marcelo taking his place. You know, the Marcelo widely known for his defensive abilities? (I hope the sarcasm comes across well).
The Brazilian left-back (or is that left winger?) is usually a hot topic of debate by users on my Twitter page. For my money, he needs to be replaced and can't be trusted playing at full-back. Fine, use him as a squad player out wide on the wing, he did some great attacking play against Munich, but not in defence. He was partly at fault for Bayern's goal. Ploughing forward with the attackers left Sami Khedira plugging his gap at left-back, which in-turn left Bayern able to capitalise on only Xabi Alonso marshalling the midfield. It'd happened before that point, with Alonso being dragged all over the park and Munich able to exploit the gaps. This time it was crucial in allowing Munich in and they eventually scored from the spot.
For the negatives thrown at Marcelo, I have to pay him credit for his role in Madrid's second goal, even though it was minor. Taking up his attacking position on the left caught the attention of Lahm, who was in two minds as to whether to stick with Ronaldo or move out to Marcelo. One pass later and he'd made the wrong move - Ronaldo was in for his second.
Arbeloa was far from convincing at right-back and Pepe and Ramos, although really impressive in the first half of the season, have fallen short of what Madrid needs as a centre-back pairing if they're to lift that Champions League trophy for a tenth time. The Madrid of the last decade, although entertaining, has failed tom focus fully on bringing together a solid defensive unit, opting instead on 'Galactico' attackers with the expense of the back-line. With the current riches in Madrid's attacking line-up, surely this summer more than ever, especially with Mourinho at the helm, improving the defence will be a priority.
There was still a chance for Madrid to book their place in Munich via the shoot-out. Some say it's a lottery, down to luck. While it's clearly not as fair as deciding the game over 90 minutes and/or extra-time, there's more than an element of luck to it. Ultimately, it seemed the weight of the world was on each man who stepped forward in the all white, in stark contrast to Bayern. That number ten weighing heavily on Ronaldo, Kaka and Ramos. They couldn't handle the pressure. Manuel Neuer looked like a man possessed in goal, making top saves to deny both Ronaldo and Kaka in fairness, while Ramos...well.
So that famous old trophy that Madrid so miss and so crave will be absent from the Bernabeu for yet another season. La Decima, as it's known in Spain. The trophy Mourinho was charged with winning more than any other. They're getting closer. Shockingly, Madrid hadn't even passed the quarter-final stage for a number of years before the 'Special One' arrived. Last year a semi-final defeat against the all-conquering Barca. This season in a penalty shoot-out defeat against a side who'll be many favourites to now win the competition.
It's little consolation with the defeat still raw, but Madrid can look back on this season as one of real progress. A La Liga title, surely, a victory over Barcelona in their own back yard and record breaking goals. Officially soon to be crowned the best team in Spain, overhauling the Catalans. Los Blancos still have lessons to learn, as was evident on Wednesday night, and at the Allianz Arena, and hopefully they'll learn those for next season - when La Decima will, finally, come for Madrid.
The title can be sewn up as early as this weekend, in fact. Victory over Sevilla at the Bernabeu, in an early Sunday morning kick-off, coupled with defeat for Barca in the Spanish capital at Rayo Vallecano would see Madrid be crowned La Liga champions. Imagine that, Madrid wrapping up three points just a few hours before seeing Pep's boys slip-up and hand Los Blancos the title just a matter of miles from Sol, at Rayo. Madridistas forgetting Wednesday's woes and partying at Cibeles while Barca are still in the city. A nice tonic, I'd imagine.
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