Football Manager is known to have one of the best, and more realistic databases in the footballing world. Football Manger predicted who the best replacement for Sir Alex Ferguson would be, how the Premier League table would finish four months early, and predicted the exact amount of points Arsenal, Sunderland, Stoke City and Liverpool would finish on. But who does Football Manager think will win the 2013 Champions League Final? We found out.
We put Football Manager to test. Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, the German giants would play each other five times. We used the predicted line-ups, meaning any injured players could not be involved, such as Mario Gotze. Mats Hummels could only be placed on the bench due to injury, and Holger Badstuber was unavailable due to injury. The results, the stats, the players, everything would be analysed, to find out who Football Manager suggests will win the Champions League Final.
GAME 1: Bayern Munich 4-1 Borussia Dortmund
So Munich dominated the game, with three first half Bayern Munich goals seemed to cancel out an early penalty for Dortmund, followed by Mandzukic following up to seal the victory. Arjen Robben was the man of the match, with a rating of 9.0. The other players stats can be seen below. Jakub Blaszczykowski was rated Borussia Dortmund's best player.
GAME 2: Bayern Munich 2-3 Borussia Dortmund
A close game, that Robert Lewandowski started nicely, with a brace within 17 minutes. Robben and Schweinsteiger equaled the game, before Felipe Santana headed home the winner. Robert Lewandowski was man of the match, with Santana just missing out. Bastian Schweinsteiger was the best player for Bayern Munich
GAME 3: Bayern Munich 2-0 Borussia Dortmund
Marco Reus managed to score an own goal, followed by a Franck Ribery goal just three minutes later, to finish the game before it really kicked in. Borussia Dortmund couldn't find that goal to change the game, giving Munich a simple win.
GAME 4: Bayern Munich 2-5 Borussia Dortmund
Marco Reus makes up for the own goal previously to score two, with Lewandowski and Grosskreutz both scoring after a Philip Lahm own goal. Bastian Schweinsteiger pulled two back for Munich, including a penalty, but they weren't enough. Marco Reus was named Man of the Match.
GAME 5: Bayern Munich 2-1 Borussia Dortmund
Marco Reus scores yet again for the Yellow and Blacks, before Thomas Muller hits back with two goals. However, the big turning point is the missed penalty by Jakub Blaszczykowski in the 90th minute, which would have sent the game to extra time.
So after five tough games, Football Manager has Bayern Munich as the winners in the Champions League Final, after successfully winning three out of the five games. But who does Football Manager think will score, who will be the best player?
The Bayern Munich squad seemed much better to that of Borussia Dortmund, had had all three of the highest rated players as an average over the games played. Bastian Schweingsteiger had the highest rating with 8.05, followed by Arjen Robben with 7.94. Franck Ribery came in third with 7.72, and then Dortmund players Marco Reus and Ikay Gundogan in fourth and fifth, with 7.60 and 7.54 respectively.
4 GOALS - Bastian Schweinsteiger
3 GOALS - Thomas Muller, Robert Lewandowski, Marco Reus
2 GOALS - Arjen Robben, Own Goals
1 GOAL - Mario Mandzukic, Jakub Blaszczykowski, Felipe Santana, Franck Ribery, Kevin Grosskreutz
Bastian Schweinsteiger looks like a great candidate to get a goal, as do Thomas Muller, Robert Lewandowski and Marco Reus. Many would expect those to be up there as a possibilty, as well as Arjen Robben, but the possibility of an Own Goal could be good. Who would score it?
Will be Bastian Schweinsteiger be the one to secure victory for Bayern Munich, or will Robert Lewandowski and Marco Reus form an unbeatle partnership to get their hands on the trophy?
The FM Prediction
Schweinsteiger, Mandzukic, Alaba, Dante
So, there you have it. Football Manager thinks Bayern Munich will defeat Borussia Dortmund 3-2, one year on from their final loss to Chelsea. It seems Robben will be the player to clinch the winner, but Dortmund will certainly put up a fight!
The UEFA Champions League is being held at Wembley Stadium, London on the 25th May 2013
Special thanks to JordanHDFifa for helping simulate the games shown above.