Eight Things We Learned from Barcelona's Victory over Real Madrid in the UCL

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Eight Things We Learned from Barcelona's Victory over Real Madrid in the UCL
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So Barcelona are back to the Champions League final, for the third time in six seasons. Just like in 2009, their opponents will be the Premier League's only powerhouse of the past two decades Manchester United.

Many expected Barcelona to struggle against their eternal rivals Real Madrid, but the Catalans barely broke a sweat to reach the final. To be honest, Arsenal had caused a lot more problems than Real Madrid, who were second best during the whole tie.

Barcelona scored three goals, while it's very debatable that Real Madrid even had three clear cut chances to score during the 180 minutes. 

The international press hailed Barcelona's victory as a victory for football, and it's hard to dispute that. Barcelona played their usual fine passing football, while José Mourinho set his team up to defend and kick Barcelona players as much as possible (basically to try and cheat their way to the final).

These tactics did not work, however, and Barcelona are deservedly through to the final. Here are seven things we learnt from the semifinal clash.

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