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Defeat was harsh – Guardiola

Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola insisted that he was happy with his side’s first-half display against Barcelona in Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League clash, and feels his team’s final 3-0 defeat was “harsh”.

Guardiola sprung a surprise with his tactics in the first leg of the semi-final tie at Camp Nou, opting to play a back three for the opening 20 minutes before switching to a back four.

Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer made a string of fine saves to keep the scores level at the interval, but two goals in the final 13 minutes of the game from the hosts’ star Lionel Messi and an injury-time goal from forward Neymar put Barca in the driving seat ahead of Tuesday’s second leg at the Allianz Arena.

“The result is a bit harsh. We wanted to control and play our own game,” Guardiola said after the match.

“Against Barca you can defend deep or play to control. Our control in the first half worked pretty well, especially in the final 15 minutes.

“After the 1-0 it sapped our confidence a bit, the last goal is a shame because at 2-0 we had a chance but 3-0 is difficult.”

Meanwhile, Barcelona boss Luis Enrique labelled the result “perfect” for the Catalans, but warned his players they cannot be complacent in Germany next week.

“It is a perfect result,” he said.

“It brings us closer to a possible final, but we have to confirm it in the second leg, which will without doubt be a hard game.

“I am very satisfied with how we played and the result against such a strong team. We had a lot of chances and they had very few.”

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