Bayern Munich Vs. Inter Milan, 2011 UEFA Champions League: Van Gaal Makes First Change, Swaps Arjen Robben For Hamit Altintop

At halftime we speculated the likes of Anatoliy Tymoschuk and Holdger Badstuber would be used by Louis van Gaal to reinforce Bayern Munich's two goal, UEFA Champions League lead over defending champion Inter Milan. In the 68th minute, our speculation was proven wrong, with the Bayern coach turning to Hamit Altintop as his first option in reinforcing his defense. The Turkish veteran will play left wing, with Arjen Robben being sacrificed.

Early in his shift, Bayern generated a small chance, with Franck Ribery playing a ball in from the left. A decent ball found few targets in the middle of the area, with Bayern's lack of presence in the boss exemplifying the change in the match's tone. Whereas most of this match has been dictated by Bayern's tempo, Sneijder's goal has given Inter new life. It would be too much to say the Nerazzurri are controlling play, but their renewed ambition has made Bayern more conscious of giving up a tying goal.

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