Papers praise Bayern masterclass
- 03 October 2013 09:04
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
City fans present at the Etihad Stadium for last night’s Bayern Munich masterclass were moved to applaud the German side off the field, and this morning’s papers certainly echo the sentiment.
Praise for the victorious European Champions drips from every match report, and as Henry Winter suggests in the Telegraph, Pep Guardiola’s men may have improved on last year’s performances which saw them crowned Kings of Europe.
He writes: “This was also total football at speed from Bayern Munich, who have even moved up a gear from their Champions League-winning pomp.
“Bayern’s new coach, Pep Guardiola, continues to reinvent the game, introducing even greater fluidity, variety and venom into the champions of Europe. This was a masterclass for an hour.
“Bayern maintained a phenomenal tempo for an hour, hunting in packs, winning the ball back and resembling the red arrows as they poured forward. Philipp Lahm, such an intelligent, versatile footballer, controlled midfield: one of the world’s best full-backs (left or right) is now one of the world’s best holding midfielders.”
In the Guardian, Daniel Taylor picks up a similar theme that Bayern look, at this stage, to be the team to beat in Europe this term. Although he picked out the performances of Robben, Ribery and Lahm, City could not match the team performance displayed by Bayern Munich.
Writes Taylor: “What a team Pep Guardiola has inherited from Jupp Heynckes, and what a long way City have to go before they can consider themselves equals. Manuel Pellegrini's team played for long spells as though struck down by an inferiority complex. Bayern can do that to the most accomplished of opponents, as Barcelona can testify, but their brilliance does not fully excuse the home side's carelessness, nor the wretched way in which the goals were conceded.
“Certainly there was plenty of evidence to reaffirm that Guardiola has the most formidable team in Europe."
"Ribéry was a difficult, elusive opponent for Micah Richards, an unexpected choice at right-back. Robben pinned back Gaël Clichy. Philipp Lahm oozed class behind Toni Kroos and Bastian Schweinsteiger. Lahm is a full-back who now plays in midfield and Müller is a midfielder trying out as a striker. Bayern do it seamlessly and City were overwhelmed.”
Sam Wallace explains: “It is one of the peculiarities of football that City were the breadth of a crossbar away from losing this game by only a single goal, yet even the eventual two-goal margin does not do justice to the mastery that Bayern had of the ball for long periods. They went down to ten men with four minutes remaining when Jerome Boateng denied Yaya Toure the proverbial obvious goalscoring opportunity and David Silva hit the bar with the free-kick.
“Yes, there was a heroic last stand from City led by their substitutes: Silva, the ever-willing James Milner and Alvaro Negredo, who scored their only goal. But that was an intervention in the last ten minutes, for the rest of it there was much futile chasing of a football that Bayern really did not care to share.”
Plenty more games to go, so bring on the next one!