Pep’s Boys Couldn’t Repair the Damage
Bayern Munich’s defenders (again) got temporarily lost in Barcelona’s offensive Bermuda Triangle that resulted in two surprisingly easy goals for Neymar (15′ and 29′) in Munich.
Despite scoring first in the 7′ and a valiant 90-minutes of attacking Barca’s German-born keeper Ter Stegen, a 3-2 win wasn’t enough to advance to the Champions League Final in Berlin. And even though it’s irrelevant now, Bayern had many great opportunities to put the ball in the back of the net. Without its world-class wingers, Bayern Munich created many quality scoring chances.
Offense wasn’t the primary problem.
Shifting Lahm to the midfield and playing without the injured outside defender Alaba, the major weakness for Bayern Munich was glaringly obvious: it’s back line. Like Boateng, they looked confused and turned around in both games against Barcelona when attempting to slow down Messi, Neymar and Suarez.
Simply put: Barca’s trio was unstoppable.
While Bayern Munich lost in tragically frustrating fashion (defensive tactics and devastating injuries), they never gave up. The Allianz Arena fans can be proud of their team’s effort. However, it’s two Champions League semifinal series losses in a row to a surging Spanish club: Barcelona and Real Madrid. For Pep Guardiola, something needs to change for next season. Conversely, Barcelona was the better team and they will be a formidable force against either Juventus or Real Madrid.
Tomorrow we’ll learn if the Champions League Final will be a classic…oh?