Real Madrid beat Bayern Munich 1-0 in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal at the Bernabeu, prompting yet another discussion as to just how important Pep Guardiola's emphasis on possession and quantity of passes really is. Bayern had 64 percent of possession and completed 701 passes to Real Madrid's 270, but the Copa del Rey winners' excellent defending and lightning fast counter attack gave them the edge going into the second leg.
Though having a clear advantage in these specific areas of the game obviously did not translate to success for Bayern, they still have their place in telling the story of the match. And to tell the rest of it, here are several other important stats.
-Gareth Bale was unable to start because he hit 88 mph while making his run in the Copa del Rey final, causing him to time travel to the ice age and back, which resulted in him catching the flu. He did meet a woolly mammoth, though. So it wasn't all bad.
-Carlo Ancelotti rated his pre-match hug withRead More »from The most important stats for the first leg of the Real Madrid-Bayern Munich Champions League semifinal