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Outgoing Heynckes infects Bayern with winning attitude
by Paul Kennedy, May 2nd, 2013 12:15AM

TAGS:  barcelona, germany, spain, uefa champions league


[UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] Who would have guessed that the Bayern Munich-Barcelona series would end in a football score and Barcelona would be on the short end of the biggest semifinal aggregate defeat in the UEFA Champions League's history? Bayern's 3-0 win clinched a 7-0 aggregate win and moved it into the final against German rival Borussia Dortmund May 25 at Wembley Stadium.

Barcelona basically threw up the white flag when Lionel Messi was left on the bench, and it created few chances at the Camp Nou, where it had scored 77 goals in 26 games this season.

Pedro and Xavi came close in the first half but lacked the precision of Dutchman Arjen Robben, whose curling shot gave Bayern the lead early in the second half and ended the little suspense that was left in the series.

The best Spaniard on the field was not in a Blaugrana jersey, but rather Bayern midfielder Javi Martinez, who along with Bastian Schweinsteiger controlled the midfield.

Such was the ease with which Bayern won that Coach Jupp Heynckes was able to substitute all three starters carrying yellow cards -- Philipp Lahm, Martinez and Schweinsteiger -- and get them safely off the field with a quarter of an hour still to play.

Bayern will return to the final, where it lost to Chelsea last year on penalty kicks, in what will Heynckes' next to last game as Bayern coach before he steps aside and is replaced by former Barca coach Pep Guardiola.

"I was bitterly disappointed after losing the final last season but we started working straight away," said Heynckes, who is in his third stint at Bayern. "From the first day, you could tell that everyone was determined to change things. I think my desire to do better than last season infected the players."

Bayern has already clinched the Bundesliga title and captured the 2012 German Super Cup for Heynckes' third title in both competitions with the club.

He has never won the Champions League with Bayern or DFB Pokal -- the German Cup -- in which Bayern will face VfB Stuttgart in Berlin a week after the Champions League final. At 67, it will be his last game as a coach before retiring.

May 1 in Barcelona
Barcelona 0 Bayern Munich 3. Goals: Goals: Robben 48, on goal 72, Mueller 76.
Barcelona -- Valdes, Dani Alves, Pique, Bartra (Montoya 87), Adriano, Xavi (Sanchez 55), Song, Iniesta (Thiago 64), David Villa, Fabregas, Pedro.
Bayern Munich -- Neuer, Lahm (Rafinha, 77), Boateng, Van Buyten, Alaba, Javi Martinez (Tymoschuk, 74), Schweinsteiger (Gustavo, 66) Robben, Mueller, Ribery, Mandzukic.
Referee: Damir Skomina (Slovenia).

Barcelona-Bayern Munich Highlights:

    commented on: May 2, 2013 at 9:07 a.m.
    Subbing Mueller last year, giving Robben the PK after he had blown one against Dortmund.....we are not that sentimental, even if wir sind Deutsch. For all the Barca-loungers who griped it should have been 1-0 at the Allianz-eins war Charly Stilletano, once after a foul vs. AC & they were swarming the ref asking for a card, Charly dubbed them "the Smurfs"-like the smurfs, without Papa Smurf, not so la liga teams, other than Malaga, 1 man shows......
    commented on: May 2, 2013 at 9:21 a.m.
    And the ref? A back pass? We teach our 4 year olds(yes, we have keepers in our U-6 league) not to pick up those.....please, Fox or e$pn, cover the world's best teams next year, or even Be-in...
    commented on: May 2, 2013 at 9:35 a.m.
    At least Pique' found a way to keep Mandzukich from scoring......
  1. Aresenal Fan
    commented on: May 2, 2013 at 3:40 p.m.
    Bayern Munich has done nobody a favor with this drubbing of Barcelona, they have just humiliated one of the proudest clubs in a world stage. I enjoyed the beating, but I expect them to bounce back with a vengence next year.

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