Bayern Munich beat Barcelona 2-0

Jul 26, 2013, 00:04 IST | AFP

Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich enjoyed a 2-0 win at home against his former employers Barcelona in yesterday's friendly as the Spaniards only played their stars until the break.

Although Barcelona left new Brazil signing Neymar at home, first-team regulars Lionel Messi, Javier Mascherano, Adriano, Alex Song and Alexis Sanchez all played the first-half in Munich.

Thomas Mueller and  Jose Manuel Pinto
Thomas Mueller (left) tries to score past Jose Manuel Pinto

Goals by Philipp Lahm and Mario Mandzukic either side of half-time were enough to give the Champions League winners victory over the Catalan giants at a sold-out Allianz Arena in front of 71,137 fans.

With the Uli Hoeness Cup on offer, in honour of Bayern’s president, this was Munich’s second pre-season title in four days having won Sunday’s Telekom Cup final with a 5-1 win at hosts Borussia Moenchengladbach.

“It was a good preparation for Borussia Dortmund,” said Guardiola whose Bayern travel to Dortmund for the German Super Cup on Saturday in a repeat of May’s Champions League final.

“Barcelona are always a good team and they were a good test for us. We had our chances and we have to improve our finishing.”

With 23 players involved in his match-day squad, Guardiola said there will be talks about the possibility of reducing that number after Saturday’s Dortmund match. 

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