Champions League: Bayern vs Internazionale

Serie A Weekly contributor Ryan Ross shares his thoughts with Bundesliga Fanatic readers on today’s big Champions League matchup between Bayern Munich and Inter Milan.  Serie A Weekly and the Bundesliga Fanatic are both members of the Own Goal Network.

Tuesday night sees German Champions, Bayern Munich, attempt to complete a second act of revenge upon their Italian rivals Inter Milan. The two giants face off in their second leg of the Champions League quarter final.
Both teams have experienced differing form in recent weeks, with Bayern struggling to catch Dortmund in the Bundesliga and Inter chasing down city rivals AC Milan for the Serie A crown. Last weekend saw a change in fortunes for Bayern as they demolished Hamburg 6-0 at home; Arjen Robben linking up dangerously for a hat-trick. Whilst Inter were held to a 1-1 draw away to a stubborn Brescia, and had to rely on Samuel Eto’o to bail them out again.

The managers also have contrasting situations. Louis van Gaal’s time at the club is coming to an end as it was announced he is to leave this summer. Interestingly this came before their 6-0 win; a sign the squad are happy he’s going? Life under the Dutchman has been a rollercoaster for the club. Highs saw them win a domestic double and reach the final of Europe’s top competition; lows saw him clash with squad members and isolate himself. Remember how Luca Toni was bombed out?

Leonardo however, has rejuvenated the Nerazzurri. Since he took over from Rafa Benitez in January it is incredible how he has changed the player’s attitude. A squad which was exhausted, moody and refusing to fulfil their potential, is now breaking records once more and hunting down AC Milan to retain their title. Leonardo has accepted former manager, Jose Mourinho’s influence on this squad and says he respects the Portuguese coach and even asks him for advice; something which could be key to overcoming this challenge.

The tactics both teams will apply will make the game a fascinating occasion. As van Gaal’s “total football” clashes with Leonardo’s “outscore the opponent at all costs” approach.

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Cristian Nyari

Cristian is a football writer and analyst living in New York City, fascinated with the history and study of the beautiful game and all it entails. Follow Cristian on twitter @Cnyari

1 Comment

  1. bayern weakness in the CB was expose yet again this year, they are great attacking but cant defend. I have always said good offense outscore the average teams but defense is the one that wins championship vs top teams and this is for most sports. i dont understand how some teams spend so much money on forwards but fail to address one of the most important position in a CB. the best teams in resent years have had great CB duo lucio/samuel, vidic/ferdinand, puyol/pique

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