Richard Farley on the controlling nature of Bayern’s setup under Pep Guardiola, as witnessed in the away draw at Donetsk:
Those looking for value for their entertainment dollar weren’t impressed, even though they were likely watching in bars, on illegal internet streams, or by some other method that made their expenditure minimal. But given what Bayern showed, people should consider some begruding respect. For years we’ve been watching Barcelona aspire to this kind of control, and while the Blaugrana has often come close, there’s always been an element of vulnerability to the way it plays. At times that same vulnerability is there with Bayern, as we saw when it was recently dismantled by Wolfsburg. Yet with every month Guaridola’s on the job, every moment that players further master the system, Bayern gets closer. And more and more, from this weekend’s 8-0 to today’s performance in Lviv, München threatens to make performances like today’s its standard, both in Germany and abroad. While that standard didn’t translate to an overwhelming number of chances (only one shot on target), it did produce overwhelming control.