Inter v Bayern: passing statistics

May 22, 2010

The passing statistics after a Champions League game always make for interesting reading, particularly when Barcelona thrash a team, and we can point to the passing graphs and claim they sum up how much better Barcelona were, and how they won by passing the opposition off the pitch.

Inter’s situation is rather different – they seem to be happy to let the opposition have the ball, playing on the counter-attack when they need a goal, and frankly not bothering to attack when they don’t.

Bayern’s dominance is possibly even greater than you might expect, with their defenders and central midfielders completing the most passes, and every Bayern player (aside from the goalkeeper and Ivica Olic) completing more passes than every Inter player. The Olic statistic indicates how rarely Bayern managed to involve him in their build-up play.

Starting players only. Substituted players are denoted with an asterisk.

These graphs show which players combined the most during the game:

Again, whilst the Bayern dominance is clear, it’s interesting that Inter’s striker, Diego Milito, completed as many passes to Wesley Sneijder as Ivica Olic, Bayern’s striker, completed to anyone.

All stats from

Full match report here

Tags: , ,