Bayern crowd out Barcelona

Published: 03rd May 2013 10:56 AM  |   Last Updated: 03rd May 2013 10:56 AM   |  A+A-

It will always be said that Barcelona lost 0-3 in the Champions  League second leg semifinal to Bayern Munich without Lionel Messi.

Coach Tito Vilanova had no other option but to keep him on the bench due to an injury.

But it must not be forgotten that Bayern Munich won 0-3 with coach  Jupp Heynckes keeping a fully fit striker Mario Gomez on the bench  without having to. Jupp could have brought on the lanky striker who has 74 goals in 112 club appearances since 2009 and piled on more misery on the Spanish giants.

But there was good reason for him not to do so. For they were already  4-0 up on the first leg. Scoring more was not important. Preventing  Barcelona from scoring was more important. Score they did but  unfortunately into their own net as Gerard Pique’s interception off  Franck Ribery centre went off to add to the superb goals that Arjen  Robben fired and Tomas Muller nodded.

Consequently, Jupp had only two strikers upfront with Muller being supported by Croatian Mario Mandzukic. Four midfielders roamed the  length and breadth of the Nou Camp park. Defenders rarely  ventured out of their positions and never allowed Barca to  outnumber them in the defensive third.

Ribery and Robben played withdrawn roles as Schweinsteiger had the liberty of performing both his destructive and constructive duties.


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