Bayern Munich defeated Barcelona, 2-0, in a rematch of the UEFA Champions League semifinal at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday. The preseason friendly was coach Pep Guardiola’s first game in charge at his new home stadium.
Philipp Lahm and Mario Mandzukic scored the goals for a close to full strength Bayern side while Barcelona fielded a largely second string team that included Lionel Messi but did not featureXavi, Andres Iniesta or Neymar. Assistant coach Jordi Roura took charge for Barca, as the club’s new coach, Gerardo Martino, is not expected to arrive until Friday.
"It was a special game for me. I spent my whole life as a player and coach at Barcelona,'' Guardiola, who won 13 trophies in four years as coach of Barca, said. "I'm happy, I don't have anything to complain about at the moment." He added: "It was a good preparation for Borussia Dortmund. Barcelona is always a good team and they were a good test for us. We had our chances and we have to improve our finishing."
Bayern faces its great rival in the German Supercup on Saturday, two weeks before the start of the Bundesliga season, at Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund. Bayern won the German Supercup last year with a 2-1 victory.