Overall a good effort from Bayern. We completely dominated Schalke in the first half, only Kuranyi seemed to be ready to go for them. Olic missed an easy shot set up by Robben at the 6 min mark and had it not been for a huge save by Neuer, Robben would have scored at the 10 min mark. It was clear LvG had the boys ready to play today and I was very pleased with the entire team during the first half.
I wasn't suprised that Schalke came out strong in the second half, I'm sure Magath gave them a stern lecture at halftime. I liked the fact that Schweini tried to wake up the team by playing really aggressively about 10min into the second half. His yellow card against Farfan was a professional foul as Farfan would have had too much open space in our defensive third. Kuranyi and Rakitic had good chances for them during those early stages of the second half but Butt was strong and we didn't make any glaring defensive mistakes. It wasn't until Ribery came on in the 62min that Bayern starting playing better. Muller, who I thought was invisible up to that point, played better once Ribery came onto the pitch.
Going into overtime I was hopeful that we would win without having to go to PK's. Klose came very close to scoring as did Schweini before Robben's absolutely sick move on Westerman set up the game winner. Too bad Ribery did add another goal at the end, that would have been nice.
I believe we have a very good chance against Werder in the Pokal final. As for the near future, I still feel we can beat ManU in the CL and with both Schalke and Leverkusen having tough matches this week, I think we'll finally widen the gap in the BL.
“Football is a simple game; 22 men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans win.”