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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Maccai Haifa vs Bayern München (UEFA Champions League Match 1) Preview

Bayern München tonight will start their first European match this season. They will travel to Tel Aviv, Israel to play against Maccabi Haifa. This preview I will focus on previewing Bayern München on this match.

Bayern München had two wins in a row and they thrashed Borussia Dortmund 5-1 that definitely boosted their confidence. Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben started to get more chemistry and led the other teammates to gain more confidence. Mario Gomez at the same time started to gain some confidence as well he scored the goal last Saturday. However, Bastian Schweinsteiger was not at the peak form even he scored a nice long shot last Saturday. Since the arrival of Robben, Schweinsteiger now changed his role in the team, that was holding the midfield and switching the plays from short side to open side. So this match Schweinsteiger needs to do well in the role in order to lead the team win.

What makes Bayern München to win: Quality of possession. No doubt, Bayern München is far better than Maccabi Haifa in terms of quality, but they have to show it out. Quality of possession is highly required as Maccabi Haifa is expected to counter attack Bayern München. So Bayern München must have a high quality of possession in order to score goals and win the game. Robben and Ribery need to lead the attack well in order to achieve this.
What makes Bayern München down: Goalkeeping. I believe the counter attack from Maccabi Haifa will not be too threatening when facing a high quality team like this one tonight. The concern is both Hans-Jörg Butt and Michael Rensing fail to impress and give confidence to the teammates and fans when they start the match. Last Satuday Butt nearly lost more than 1 goals from his own schoolboy error. This is what Bayern München urgently solve before the match starts.
General preview: Bayern München should win this one easily. Even Maccabi Hafia has the half home court advantage (note: the home court of Maccabi Haifa is not qualified for European matches, so the match move to Tel Aviv), Bayern München should take the advantage easily. An easy win is expected but Bayern München will not go too far and too hard as they have to prepare the Bundesliga match back home in order to chase up the top table. My tip: Bayern München win 3-0.

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