Pep's Bayern trump Barca
25 July 2013, 08:37
Munich - New coach Pep Guardiola shuffled the cards at Bayern Munich
as the treble winners beat his former club Barcelona 2-0 in a friendly
The Spaniard, who won 14 of 19 possible titles in
four years at Barcelona, made sweeping role changes as he works his way
into the new job after the Bavarians won the Champions League and
domestic league and Cup double last season under Jupp Heynckes.
a second-string Barcelona, missing new coach Gerardo Martino and big
signing Neymar as well as midfielders Xavi and Andres Iniesta among
others, Guardiola started the game without a striker.
Philipp Lahm was pushed forward into an offensive midfield role after
years of playing as right back and recent signing and former Barcelona
talent Thiago Alcantara moved straight into midfield.
The move paid off in the 15th minute when the diminutive Germany international headed in a smooth Franck Ribery cross.
who crushed Barcelona over two legs in the Champions League semi-final
last season, were the sharper team in the first half, with their
impressive depth in the squad on full display.
With both teams
still in pre-season training, both coaches made many changes in the
second half with the game losing its pace and edge.
Forward Mario Mandzukic, who came on as a substitute, added another goal late in the game, tapping in from close range.
Tuesday, Barcelona hired Argentine Gerardo Martino, known as a disciple
of the club's possession-based style that Guardiola applied
successfully, to replace Tito Vilanova.
Vilanova, 44, stepped down
last week to continue treatment for throat cancer after leading Barca
to the La Liga title in his first season since taking over from