These days it’s like the ‘passing game’ is beginning to outclass pure ‘counter attacking’ footie. I still can’t say which style of footie I preferred the most but I can say with conviction I preferred the Dortmund style to that of Madrid yesterday night.
The men in yellow were at every point in time willing to be involved in the game by being very mobile and always wanting the ball. They were very confident with the ball on their feet, looking graceful, possess good wit and can pass the ball not just in their half but also in the final third of the pitch and you just know it was only a matter of time before they create goalscoring chances.
Neither did Madrid helped matters when a misplaced pass found a Dortmund player who then sent Lewandowski clear on goal which the Poland striker coolly finished off.
Madrid replied almost immediately through a sweet lob by Christiano Ronaldo over the Dortmund goalie which much can be said about the way he untimely rushed out to collect the ball only to find himself in no man’s land catching the air.
Dortmund pegged Madrid back through a goal by Schmeler and the galaticos couldn’t find their way into the game again thanks to the way the Dortmund players positioned and closed down on Madrid players when defending which I was particularly impressed with.
Overall, it was a very interesting match which was very much opened but had the slickness, dribbles, passing and pressing of Dortmund prevailed over an injury depleted Real Madrid side which rarely got out of first gear. Notwithstanding, the way Dortmund players dribbled past Madrid players occasionally makes one feel they were turned into ghost that offers no obstruction. If I will pick a fault in the Dortmund team it will be their lack of incisive or direct play atimes.
Hey! With Chelsea and Madrid losing, Man united coming from two goals down and Juventus drawing Nordsjaelland, who dare says there are easy games in the Champions league?
Written By Kola Oye