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During my analysis I mentioned how ineffective Mario Gomez was for the 84 or so minutes he played, well with help of my good friends Dan_Bu and 11tegen11 from the wonderful world of twitter I have some proof to back up Gomez performance.

This diagram shows all Mario Gomez completed passes last nigh, only one pass went forward and that was a high clearance from defence, everything else was sideways or backwards. Of course being the loan front man this will mostly be the case as the team should be joining you in attack feeding off Mario’s distrubution.

To only have 12 completed passes in 86 minutes shows how isolated he was upfront, not his fault but more the way Bayern played last night. You would hope to see more passes out wide to either the midfielders or full backs, or even through balls trying to find the central midfielders making runs.

None of this happened for Bayern last night, very rarely did anyone get past Gomez to give him any chance to link up.

It was a poor Bayern performance and when you compare it to Paolo Guerrero and Ruud van Nistlerooy’s passing diagram the contrast is striking.

What a difference having a partner and a team with a more forward thinking mentality, lots of little short passes, both players covering the whole width of the pitch, very rarely having to come back into their own half.

With Benjamin and Janssen making forward runs and the attacking play of Pitroipa you can see the

passes wide to the flank were a constant feature, playing with width created the space for Pitroipa and Ze Roberto to make those dangerous runs through the centre.

Hamburg were much the better team last night and they will feel unlucky not to have gained all three points.

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October 23rd, 2010

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