Bayern Munich vs. Barcelona: 5 Things We Learned from Preseason Friendly

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Bayern Munich vs. Barcelona: 5 Things We Learned from Preseason Friendly
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Former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola—now in charge at the Allianz Arena.

Bayern Munich won the Uli Hoeness Cup on Wednesday with a comfortable 2-0 victory against Barcelona.

It was the first time the two teams had met since last season’s Champions League semi-finals, where Bayern demolished the La Liga side with an aggregate win of 7-0.

If that wasn't enough to increase the anticipation ahead of the game, it was also the first time that Pep Guardiola had faced his former employers. The manager had previously won 14 trophies in four years at Camp Nou.

Thiago Alcantara also featured against his old side for the first time, having made a £21.6 million switch to Bayern earlier this month.

Barca, who this week announced Gerardo Martino as their new coach (seen here on ESPNfc.com), were manager-less going into the game, with assistant coaches Jordi Roura and Rubi overseeing the side’s preparations.

The showpiece game, designed more as an exercise in regaining match fitness than a serious contest, cannot be dissected too intently.

As Barca’s first preseason outing and Bayern’s seventh, the two teams are at different stages of readiness.

However, over the next few slides, we look at five things that we learned from the meeting.

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