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Bayern Munich vs. Barcelona: 3 things we learned

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Bayern Munich at least salvaged some pride from their Champions League semi final with Barcelona.

However a win on the night will have been scant consolation to Pep Guardiola, his team and the thousands of Bavarians inside the Allianz Arena.

This is the second season running where the German champions have exited European football's premier club competition at this stage and that is not good enough for the powers that be at Bayern.

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Guardiola has a year remaining on his contract and will be expected to delivery the trophy next season.

Luis Enrique now has a shot at the title himself and is only the third Barcelona manager in history to get to the Final in his first season.

Let's take a look at three things we learned from the match...

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More than Messi

Before the game, Franz Beckenbauer aimed a few barbed comments to the media at how Barcelona were nothing without Lionel Messi.

By the Argentine's standards he had a quiet night, albeit he was involved in the build up to both goals.

Clearly, on the night, the Blaugrana showed that they were much more than just Messi. 

Luis Suarez and Neymar in particular ran rings around the Bayern defence in the first 45, and Ivan Rakitic was again at the epicentre of the good work from Barcelona.

Dani Alves deserves another mention too for his continued non-stop work ethic throughout.

Titanic Ter Stegen

Marc-Andre ter Stegen won the battle of the German goalkeepers hands down.

Whilst Manuel Neuer was allowing Neymar to beat him at this near post, ter Stegen was producing the kind of saves that Peter Schmeichel would've been proud of.

The stop from Robert Lewandowski, when he had already moved to the opposite side of the goal yet still managed to get a strong hand on the ball and then race to his line to complete the save, was world class.

He can't be blamed for any of the goals, defensive lapses costing him a clean sheet.

A young goalkeeper with an extremely bright future.

High line, low reward

Pep Guardiola's side may have come away with the win on the night, and on balance of play there's little doubt they deserved it, however did the Catalan get his tactics wrong - again?

A known admirer of playing with the defensive high line, against the likes of Messi, Neymar and Suarez, surely that was never going to work?

We saw within the first 30 minutes how easily the Blaugrana got in behind the German's back four, and only when Barca decided to ease of did Bayern take a stranglehold on the match.

A tactical master he may be, but against the very best Guardiola evidently still has a lot to learn.

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Topics:
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Lionel Messi
UEFA Champions League
Bayern Munich
Luis Suarez
Neymar
Luis Enrique

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