Date: 20th May 2012 at 9:58am
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Going through the ‘Match Day Moments` thread it is quite obvious that many fans were disappointed with the defensive tactics.

For me the stage was set as soon as Munich had won against Madrid and the Hoennes et al started all the talk about Munich playing attractive football and neutrals supporting them.

Personally, I’d like to give Di Matteo credit where it`s due. He realised the mind games Munich were playing and not only did he avoid the bait so to speak, he understood the situation.

All those interviews made it obvious that if we could prevent the Germans from scoring early, the pressure would increase a lot on them. So I fully support the tactics used for the first 60 minutes. As I guess would most of the other fans here.

Most people didn`t like the Malouda sub and I’m 50-50 on that. Fact is we didn`t have a left sided player apart from left footed Sturridge and the only thing he would have brought was pace.

Another alternative may have been to get Torres on the right and move Kalou to the left. But I think it would have been bad as again you`d expect Kalou to be another sub and the whole thing repeats.

Torres’ substation appearance maybe came a tad too late but the result was there to be seen as he won the corner. Extra time and the biggest talking point for me was the penalty. And that too at Neuer’s end.

Schweinsteiger was sitting on the turf unable to watch the penalty and a bundle of nerves. I saw that on television of course after the save but knew that he would scuff his penalty then if it went to penalties.

Back to the point, their midfield marshal was already on a yellow and nervy. We should have put some pressure on him which we didn`t. But for me the biggest and probably only place where RDM was wrong was Mata playing the whole 120.

It was there for everyone to see that he was tired. In the 2nd half of extra time he gave the ball away so easily and also misplaced many of his passes. His tiredness may also have had a say in that weak penalty.

We had a sub left and either going for Essien or Sturridge with 10 minutes to go would have maybe made a lot of difference. Either Sturridge or Lampard going against a Scweinsteiger, Tymoshuck and van Buyten.

We may have been able to avoid the pens. But the bottom line is WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS OF EUROPE PRIDE OF LONDON BLUE IS THE COLOUR

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