Monday 18 December 2017

Guardiola shows no mercy to Barca

Bayern munich 2 Barcelona 0

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola got one over on his former club Barcelona by overseeing an impressive friendly victory in Munich.

Philipp Lahm opened the scoring in the 14th minute for a strong Bayern side who appear ready and willing to build on last season's treble-winning heroics.

Although they had to wait until the 87th minute before Mario Mandzukic added a second, they did enough over the 90 minutes to show they mean business again, with their European rivals well advised to take note.

"It was a special game for me," Guardiola said. "I was a Barcelona player and coach my entire life. Bayern have given me a very good team. I have nothing to complain about."

With the arrival of new Barca coach Gerardo Martino pending, Jordi Roura took charge and he saw Lionel Messi almost give the visitors a flying start inside 30 seconds when the Argentinian raced through before curling his shot just wide.

Bayern soon stamped their authority on the game, though, and Arjen Robben was only prevented from opening the scoring by a fine goal-line clearance from Adriano.

The opening goal arrived four minutes later when Ribery marauded down the left to send in a cross which was met by captain Lahm's flicked header to the net.

Sergi Roberto almost grabbed an equaliser when he jinked past Jerome Boateng, only to pull his shot wide, while Rafinha nearly put through his own goal on the stroke of half-time.

Roura completely changed his side for the start of the second half and new goalkeeper Oier Olazabal was soon put to the test by Bayern sub Mandzukic, but he responded with an excellent save down to his left.

Mandzukic would not be denied though and after Diego Contento's low cross in the 87th minute, he tapped in from close range to seal a comfortable win for Bayern.

Irish Independent

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