BAYERN MUNICH TRIUMPHS IN MANCHESTER
By: Raymond Padya
Some may call it humiliation, some incompetence; Manchester City FC fans may call it defeat, but the best way to describe Bayern Munich’s triumph against Man City last night is ‘annihilation.’
Even though the match ended 3 – 1 in favor of Munich, the score line doesn’t do justice in explaining how outclassed Man City was, at the Etihad Stadium by Pep Guardiola’s side.
Munich’s ball passing was too complex for Manuel Pallegrini’s side and its attack was impeccable. It was ‘man playing with boys’ (as the commentators call it) and with the European best player, Franck Ribery, netting the first goal in the 7th minute for the European Champions, Man City barely tested the ball in the first half.
The second goal came from Thomas Muller who made scoring look easy and the 3rd goal came from Arjen Roobben’s solo performance. City managed a consolation late goal from Alvaro Negredo who entered as a substitute and Jerome Boateng was sent off after making a nasty tackle on Yaya Toure.
Manchester City has only lost 3 out of their previous 50 matches and their performance against Munich is one of their worst performances. It was more like Munich was doing shooting practice as the German machine kept shooting long-range goals.
Man City treated possession cheaply as they attempted to swiftly move the ball but they lost it every time they tried to attack.
The defending champions did not want to waste time after kickoff. Ribery struck a powerful long-range shot from outside the box in the 7th minute and Joe Hart, who made several blunders during the whole match, only tipped the ball with his fingers and failed to stop it. Awe, struck the Etihad as the German side celebrated their first goal.
Munich was more confident after the first goal. It passed the ball around to frustrate the City players and City literally could not get the ball. It seemed as if Munich had more players in the field than Man City, but it was all about positioning and accurate passing.
On the second goal, City had it coming because of poor defending from Gael Clitchy who let Muller sneak past through him then Joe Hart and scored an amazing goal just after halftime in the 56th minute.
It didn’t take long for Rooben to net another goal and this time, once again Joe Hart could not stop a long-range shot putting his team 3 goals behind.
Negredo came in as a substitute and scored a consolation goal for City with only 11 minutes left. He placed the ball to the far left post and Neuer could not reach it in time.
Boateng made a fierce challenge on Toure towards the box and he was sent off in the 85th. Thereafter, Silva’s free kick hit the post and it went wide. City kept applying pressure in the dying minutes but to no avail.
Pallegrini was not happy with his team’s performance. “I think that we play today really bad, its not the team we see here every Sunday in the Premier League and that was the worst thing,” he commented to SNTV.
Despite the total dominance, Guardiola expected more. “Our setup plays were catastrophic, was terrible. We have to improve that,” he told SNTV.
Bayern is now at the top of group D with 3 points clear. It has played 2 games for the CL and has 2 wins.