Neville critical of Guardiola's style: Signs were there vs Arsenal

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Former Manchester United captain called Bayern Munich's display at Real Madrid "possession without purpose".

Real Madrid were passed off their own Estadio Santiago Bernabeu pitch on Wednesday evening as, during the first leg of their marquee semifinal encounter with Bayern Munich, the Bavarians pieced together 621 completed passes, almost three times as many as Los Blancos, who completed 211.

There were even more statistics that highlighted a perceived Bayern dominance as the visitors had twice as many shots on goal as the home team (18 to 9), had five times as many corners (15 to 3) and enjoyed the lion's share of possession - 72% to 28%.

However, only one post-match statistic truly matters: the result… and Real triumphed by a 1-0 scoreline.

Former Manchester United captain and Sky Sports analyst Gary Neville opined on social media that Bayern are regressing as they do not have the balance right and, currently, Pep Guardiola's team "have become possession without purpose."

He said that their strengths last season - direct attacks when necessary, effective crossing and positional sense have all been lost at present.

Of the Bundesliga champions, Neville said: "They have to get that balance right and back for next week. Win with 80% [possession] and you're a genius [but] lose and 80% is meaningless.

"The signs were there against Manchester United and Arsenal. It's been coming last night. Next week would show them as a great team - to get to a final and win.

"It may seem harsh but if the imbalance continues then what is a great team can become a one trick pony - the early warning signs are there, however, they still could go through next week. They have a great manager and team but have just lost their incision."

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