What We Learned from Bayern's 1-1 Draw with Valencia

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What We Learned from Bayern's 1-1 Draw with Valencia
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Champions League Group F joint leaders Bayern Munich and Valencia secured qualification to the Round of 16 on Tuesday following a 1-1 draw at the Mestalla. But although progression will suit both sides well, the clubs most certainly left the pitch with mixed feelings.

Valencia can feel proud to have nearly taken three points from last season's runners-up and for having made up for last season's group stage exit by advancing. Their performance, especially when down to 10 men, was excellent. Coach Mauricio Pellegrino agreed: "It was a beautiful game on our part and a pity in the end that we didn't manage to win it," he said after the match.

Bayern will be pleased to have advanced, but yet another unconvincing display in the Champions League will only promote further doubt of the club's ability to perform at the highest level.  As chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge put it, "We can be happy with the result, but not with the game."

There are many messages to be taken from the game, from the perspectives of both teams. Read on for a full analysis.

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