Bayern Munich 4-2 Juventus: Tactical Warfare
In the build-up to tonight's UEFA Champions League clash between Bayern Munich and Juventus the German champions were the favourites to win with the aggregate score sitting at 2-2 in Bayern's favour.
The momentum was quickly snatched by Juventus with Paul Pogba's opening goal at the 5 minute mark. Juventus played the majority of the game with high pressing and quick counter attacking which is quite arguably the most effective tactic against a possession based team such as Bayern. Only 23 minutes later Juventus's 2nd goal came from Chelsea loanee Juan Cuadrado and it looked like Bayern's dream was over.
With 20 minutes left of regular time, Bayern were incapable of making a single clear-cut chance. The turning point of the game had to be the decision to take off Álvaro Morata by the Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri. Without Morata's constant pressure on Bayern's back line it allowed Pep Guardiola's team to attack more fluidly. At this point the high pressure that Juventus operated had backfired with the team having exhausted their energy.
Douglas Costa's pinpoint cross to Lewandowski gave Bayern hope and the home fans erupted as the momentum again shifted. At this point it was attack after attack as Bayern chased the opportunity to take the game to extra time. As he is famous for doing so Thomas Muller was in the right place at the right time to score the 90th minute goal which took the game to ET.
In extra time Juventus looked truly worn out and with goals from the Bayern substitutes Thiago and Kingsley Coman it was all but finished for the Italian Champions. Credit has to be given to both teams as they both came back from unfavourable circumstances but ultimately it was the substitutions and squad depth which decided the 10 goal tie.