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Showing Messi the outside and covering the inside was the right move. Going down like that was the wrong move; should have stayed on his feet.Boateng is getting a lot of flak because he was skinned so hilariously but there's not a lot he can do there. Has to commit to stop Messi shooting with his left.
The finish was so, so beautiful. Incredible how easy he makes the wrong-foot chip look.
I think they needed that away goal, regardless. 2-0 going to Munich...there is no way they are shutting out Messi, Suarez and Neymar. Even 1 goal means they'd have to score 4. They needed it.Yeah so good. I don't think there were any tactics Pep could've used to get a result here, the difference in quality between the two forward lines is just too big.
They completely panicked at 1-0 though. Even at 2-0, overturning that deficit at home isn't unusual at all. They're behind, but still completely in the game, there's no need to commit everyone forward.
Winds me up when teams treat first legs as if they're a whole game. Like when they're winning 1-0 away and decline a counter at the end to take the ball into the corner, it's as stupid as doing that just before half-time in a league match.
Like you say though; I think the quality of the frontlines was always going to sway it in Barca's favour. Ironically, Pep might have been better served doing a Mourinho and simply shut up shop, pass it around and try for a lucky break. Take 0 or 1 goal conceded home and win the match there.