Bayern Munich has guaranteed their spot as leaders of group E after Mario Gotze and Franck Ribery scored the crucial goals for the German Bundesliga defending champions.The Pep Guardiola side showcased once again why they are domestic champions three times in a row as they displayed high quality football against Roma of Italy Serie A in this UEFA Champions League mouth watering match.However it was not going to be an easy game for Roma as they came to the away game with a severe disadvantage after they loss with a large margin at home in the first leg.The German side had already qualified for the second round and they were looking to secure the the second round by topping group E.
Roma certainly did not come to this game for a loss as they wanted to restore their pride especially since Bayern Munich humiliated them with 7 goals to 1 in the first leg in Rome.One of the most dangerous wingers in the world Arjen Robben was not present for this game as he had a stomach bug but however this did not change anything for Munich as they tormented Roma with Ribery and Gotze on the wings. Roma had a couple of opportunities one being a communication mistake that was done by Lahm and Gotze allowing Radja Nainggolan who failed to utilize the ball effectively after a beautiful pass was played by Allesandro Florenzi that split Bayern defense.
Bayern defender David Alaba almost scored when his on target free kick missed the post with an inch into the first minutes of the game.However the talented defender came back later on with a good combination pass that saw Ribery get an opportunity to put the ball past the goalkeeper.Just after that the Bundesliga Champions came back with a bang trying to create another goal but Ribery’s corner was wasted after Medhi Benatia failed to connect with a volley. Roma also tried to come back to the game but the defense was tight at Bayern half and shot stopper Neuer did not allow anything past him.
The pressure from Bayern was to hard to bear for Roma as the goal finally came when defender Jerome Boateng created a defense splitting pass for Robert Lewandoski allowing Gotze to finish up with a little chip of goalkeeper Skorupski in to the net. Roma did not seat back and relax the came for Bayern Munich seeking for a goal but it was not going to be easy as Manuel Neuer made sure that nothing goes past him.The Germany number 1 had not been tested through out the game but when the time came he showed what he is capable of.The FIFA Ballon d’Or nominee kept Bayern in the match to make sure they finish the group stages on top of the table. Bayern, who are also dominating at the Bundesliga domestic league are now through to the next round of 16.
Bayern has always performed well in the UEFA champions league and its likely that they will continue this season.However they have failed to win the cup in the last few seasons due to the high competition from other European teams such as Chelsea and Real Madrid who each of them won the tittle in the last two seasons.They will hope to do better this season to prevent last years disappointments after they suffered a painful semi final loss to Madrid . However, Bayern Munich is dominant in the domestic league and they have defended the league tittle most times.
Roma are one of the big teams that have not been doing well in the Uefa Champions league in the last couple of seasons.The club does have players who are capable of competing well in the competition but the club has not been lucky in the past few seasons.Ac Milan,Juventus and Inter have not been doing well either with the last Uefa cup being won almost four seasons ago by Inter Milan who were coached by Jose Mourinho. Juventus and Roma are still participating in the competition and they will be hoping to do better this year as they are the only Italian teams who are still playing a part in the competition.Hopefully for the fans of Juventus or Roma the renowned European competition will go to Italy this season.