How do you call parking the bus at home vs injury ridden Bayern and barely going through because the ref denied the opponent two stonewall pens?
You really need to work on your terminology. So you're saying out of 11 knockout ties in 3 seasons where Zidane has lost none, his team won at least 6 of them undeservedly and to top it off he's undeservedly won the three CLs. I welcome you to highlight even ONE tie where the opponent deserved to go through over Madrid. Because in many people's books if you put a wasteful team vs a clinical team, you know which one did their job better.
Your anecdotal graphics and waffling on about luck means absolutely nothing in the long run. Shots, possession and 15,000 other stats won't matter if you don't make it count. Not to mention that suffering through a tie and winning it is a skill. If Bayern were so completely superior, they would've battered Madrid 7-0.
1) You last line is out of reality. Final scoreline does not reflect performance in football many times.
If you don't accept the uttermost fact, realized by many people dealing with this sport, that football is a (maybe the only !) team sport in which NOT the better team wins a game, then i don't see the point in having back-forth in this argument.
If you don't accept that, then maybe Chelsea 2012 was the best team in Europe, maybe Greece 2004 the best NT etc etc etc
... And this means we don't have to suffer listening to every fan's 'interpretation' of a game, distorted through their prejudiced eyes.
We have objective data to MEASURE how good a team was on the pitch. And we measure that by the chances they created, which encompasses all the factors that make teams create chances (individual brilliance included).
Birdy said:So the graphs i posted (which, by the way, are not mine of course. I get them from professional analysts like '11tegen') show the 'Expected Goals' metric or 'how many goals worth' are the total sum of chances created by a team during the game.
This statistic is the mirror of how well a team performed on the pitch. Why? Because games are won by creating chances and not conceding chances. That's the rationale behind creating this measure in the first place. That's what coaches 'teach' to their teams.
Birdy said:i) 2016: Real Madrid faced minor opposition and took advantage of the easy draw, avoiding teams like BM or Barca that would have kicked them out (Luck creeps in again).