The most fascinating soccer game of this Champions League season so far went down this week between Bayern Munich and Manchester City. Bayern went down to 10 men early in the second half when Benatia cut down Sergio Aguero, who promptly hit the penalty for a 1-0 lead. What happened next was unpredictably incredible.
Why? Because Bayern didn’t change a thing about its game plan, to say nothing of the specific tactics at hand. Even on 10 men, they forced City to cope with aggressive numbers in the attacking third and a possessive approach that didn’t even look shellshocked by the loss of a defender and an early goal. This is the heat map for the first half, at which point Bayern led 2-1 with both goals coming after they were reduced a man.