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Bayern Munich 12/13 Opposition Scout Report


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A report analysing the strengths and weaknesses of FC Bayern Munich ahead of the UEFA Champions League last 16 1st leg tie against Arsenal in the 2012/13.
Produced for the 'Performance Analysis' module of the MSc Performance Analysis course at Middlesex.

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Bayern Munich 12/13 Opposition Scout Report

  1. 1. ARSENAL vs. BAYERN MUNICH Opposition Analysis UEFA Champions League Round of 16, 1st Leg Emirates Stadium Feb 19th 2013
  3. 3. INTRODUCTION TO BAYERN - Germany’s most successful club. - Only club to win Champions League three consecutive times. Winners in 1974, ‘75, ’76, ‘01. - Have 55/69 points in current season, in both Bundesliga and UCL. - Had a disappointing 2011/12 with defeats in home Champions League final, cup final, and finishing 2nd in league. As of 24th Jan 2013
  4. 4. BAYERN 2012/13 - Emphasis on possession - attacking football, controlled in opposition’s half. - Use of ‘inside out’ wide players and wingbacks. - Short passes and through balls. - Effective counter attacking. - Great squad depth, both young and experienced quality players able to rotate. - Strong German base; 6/11 first choice starting XI.
  5. 5. EXPECTED STARTING XI 28 4 7 39 8 1 9 5 31 21 25
  6. 6. BAYERN STRENGTHS 1. Crossing 2. Attacking through the centre 3. Counter attacks
  7. 7. DISTRIBUTION OF GOALS SCORED Goals from crosses include free kicks and corners Goals from the central attacks include those that lead to direct free kick and penalty awards Kroos in particular enjoys lurking centrally for shooting opportunities. Individually crafted goals have been scored in penalty area after tight marking. As of 24th Jan 2013
  8. 8. TIMING OF GOALS SCORED and end of 2nd half. Most goals scored in first 15 minutes of 2nd half. Equally high percentage of goals scored towards end of 1st half. As of 24th Jan 2013
  9. 9. BAYERN WEAKNESSES 1. Defending central zone 2. Defending in penalty area 3. Defending from aerial balls
  10. 10. DISTRIBUTION OF GOALS CONCEDED Only 14 goals conceded in Champions League and Bundesliga. 50% of goals conceded in Champions League. Aerial balls could be rewarding way of forcing mistakes in the penalty area. Equally susceptible to long shots, counter attacks, and central attacks. As of 24th Jan 2013
  11. 11. TIMING OF GOALS CONCEDED No goals conceded in first 15 minutes. 3 goals conceded in both middle period of 1st half and first 15 minutes of 2nd half Majority of goals scored in last 15 minutes. As of 24th Jan 2013
  12. 12. SUMMARY Strengths - Will cross the ball a lot. - Wingers will come inside. - Long shots. - Counter attacks. - Front players capable of individual skill in tight situations.
  13. 13. SUMMARY Weaknesses - Slow to close down players. - Ineffective marking from aerial balls. - Poor 1v1 tackling. - Will get caught ball watching. - Open to counter attacks.
  14. 14. MATCH TACTICS TO USE Attacking - Put aerial balls into the box. - Use diagonal balls into space behind wingbacks on counter attacks. - Make regular penalty box entries. - Keep a quick tempo. - Take long shots.
  15. 15. MATCH TACTICS TO USE Defending - Keep close and deny central midfielders time and space. - Press wingers early and show them wide. - Defend high to stop defence playing out from the back. - Use cover system rather than man mark for front three due to fluid movement.
  16. 16. SOURCES Data Video Music tracks taken from Flying Lotus – Until the Quiet Comes