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Xavi Hernández, during the Barcelona duel at the Allianz Arena.
Xavi Hernández, during the Barcelona duel at the Allianz Arena.RONALD WITTEK (EFE)

Barcelona forgot to win against Bayern. He has lost the last five games with a balance of four goals for and 19 against. “It was a golden opportunity to win this course once and for all”, complained Xavi Hernández. The azulgrana team does not know the victory in Munich (two draws and five defeats). “It was a day to win. The feeling with which we leave is very good. It is a feeling that it could have been scored, but we ended up losing. Last year they were far superior to us. Today we have been better”, added the Barcelona coach. “The result is misleading,” said Pedri, along the same lines as his coach.



Neuer, Alphonso Davies, Lucas, Dayotchanculle Upamecano, Benjamin Pavard (Noussair Mazraoui, min. 20), Jamal Musiala (Ryan Gravenberch, min. 79), M. Sabitzer (Leon Goretzka, min. 45), Mane (Gnabry, min. 69), Joshua Kimmich, Sane (Mathys Tel, min. 79) and Müller



Ter Stegen, Koundé, Ronald Araújo, Marcos Alonso, A. Christensen (Eric Garcia, min. 69), Busquets (Kessié Franck, min. 79), Pedri, Gavi (Frenkie De Jong, min. 60), Lewandowski, Ousmane Dembélé (Ansu Fati, min. 79) and Raphinha (Ferrán Torres, min. 60)

goals 1-0 min. 49: Luke. 2-0 min. 53: Heal.

Referee Danny Makkelie

Yellow cards M. Sabitzer (min. 18), Busquets (min. 47) and Joshua Kimmich (min. 73)

In the first half, Barcelona tried ten shots on Bayern’s goal. Not an easy fact to sign against the German giant in their stadium. The last team to have recorded that many shots at Allianz in the Champions League was Fiorentina in 2008: 11. The problem, for Barcelona, ​​was a lack of aim. “We have forgiven too much and a team like this does not forgive you”, Pedri valued. Xavi, for his part, had no doubts. “The first part of ours has been excellent,” said the coach. And like the Canarian midfielder, he spoke of the lack of aim. “We have had six or seven very clear chances”, insisted the Catalan coach.

Barcelona finished the duel with 18 shots to Bayern’s 13. The two teams, in any case, completed four shots between the three posts. “Bayern’s goals are our mistakes. The first is at the exit of a corner and the second is for not cutting a counter. They can’t get in the middle. It was a play that they would have cut. But ours is a team in formation and theirs is already done. This is the Champions. It is like that”, analyzed Xavi Hernández.

The coach, who protested a possible penalty against Dembélé – “I told the referee to at least be honest and admit it. But he told me it wasn’t”, he commented, he returned to Barcelona with a bittersweet feeling. “We matched them in pace and intensity. We have competed. In that sense, I’m happy,” he said. “But”, closed the Barça coach, “I like to win. And I’m pissed too. We leave with an undeserved defeat, but because of our mistakes. We have to learn and keep working.”

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