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Much of the criticism of Bayern over the two legs has focused on the tactical philosophy, and much of it has been part of an instinctive knee-jerk backlash.
Even many of those who were initially awed by the sight of a team keeping the ball for an eternity began to find the prospect wearisome.
But finding something boring does not mean it is not effective and, more appositely, a couple of off-key performances does not invalidate a philosophy that has had such success over the past five years, both at Barcelona and at Bayern.
The Champions League semi-final between Bayern and Barcelona last season seems to have misled many into thinking that the Bavarian team were a counter-attacking side under Jupp Heynckes. They weren’t.
Bayern played reactive football in those two games, but over the rest of the season, they had more possession than anybody in Europe apart from Barcelona.
Still, for all the guff that has surrounded the issue, the basic the question is worth posing: Against a blanket defence, is it worth taking greater risks?