The man who, according to Robben, calls some of his players up in the midnight to talk… wait for it… football! Maybe he loves football. Maybe he’s obsessed.
His side surprisingly went 1 – 3 down to Porto in the first leg and he (majorly) was tasked with the job of getting the German machines back into the competition; a machine that has made it some sort of tradition to always appear in the Champions League semis. Huge task right? Try the Professor.
In the first 35 minutes of the game, Pep’s boys had already put four in the opponent’s onion bag and had registered 8+ attempts. It was some sort of assault; an early assault on Porto to keep them busy defending while they were busy attacking. By the end of the first half, Bayern were already 4 goals up, leading the game 5 – 3 on aggregate.
I’m of the opinion that he watched the first leg of their game against Porto and used the tactics that beat his team lost to turn the game on its head. In other words, he beat his counterpart Lopentegui at a game; a tactical victory.
Alle begrüßen den Philosophen! which in english means All hail the Philosopher!