When Bayern Munich took to the field for their semi final clash against Barcelona, few believed that they would emerge with victory. Despite their impressive performances this season, Bayern have rarely gotten the better of their Catalan rivals. However, on Tuesday night they silenced the doubters with an exhilarating display of pace, power, tenacity, and skill. Barcelona were outgunned, outfought, out tackled, and out played at the Allianz Arena. With a 4-0 victory at home, Bayern have one foot in the Champions League final. Bayern have history on their side; no team has recovered from a 4-0 first leg deficit in the European Cup semi finals.
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Barcelona came into this game with their own problems. Their core group of players have looked fatigued in the past few months, due to playing too many games and getting little rest. On top of that, their talisman striker Lionel Messi has been struggling with a hamstring injury. Messi took to the field against Bayern, but looked a shadow of his usual self. He did not cover as much distance as he normally does, and his passing was all over the place. The quick feet and acceleration that have become his trademark were missing, leaving Barcelona toothless in attack.
The Blaugrana will not give up on this tie, as they have a penchant for overcoming first-leg deficits. They overcame a 2-0 loss to AC Milan with a 4-0 win at the Nou Camp, and they dispatched Chelsea 6-1 after a 2-1 loss at Stamford Bridge in 2000. However, beating this Bayern Munich side by a margin of four or five goals seems impossible, even for a team as talented as Barcelona. If Bayern score once at the Nou Camp, Barcelona will have to score 6.
Despite Bayern’s impressive performance in this game, there was some controversy in the result. Two of the home side’s goals were dubious, and should have been ruled out. Mario Gomez was offside for his goal, while Thomas Muller committed a blatant foul in the build-up to the third goal. If these decisions had gone Barcelona’s way, the deficit would have been a manageable two goals. As it turns out, the Catalans are all but knocked out of this season’s competition.
Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid will renew hostilities in the second semi-final, with Real bidding to clinch their tenth European Cup. Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo will have their work cut out against Jurgen Klopp’s young side. Dortmund got the better of Madrid in the group stages, winning one game and drawing the other.
Get your tickets to this season’s Champions League Final. In all likelihood, Bayern Munich will be joined by either Real Madrid or Borussia Dortmund in the final. There is the possibility of an all-German clash or a rematch of last season’s semi-finals between Madrid and Munich.