By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger believes that Barcelona missed out on the Champions League Final because they peaked “two or three weeks ago” when they faced Arsenal.

The defending European champions were red-hot favourites to successfully retain their crown after seeing off Arsenal in the Quarter-Finals but they came undone in the last four against Jose Mourinho’s Inter Milan.

The Serie A leaders took a 3-1 lead into last night’s second leg at the Nou Camp and went through 3-2 on aggregate despite playing an hour with 10 men following Thiago Motta’s red card.

Like so many football fans Wenger took a keen interest in events in Spain on Wednesday night, and he believes Barcelona were unable to scale the same heights they reached against Arsenal.

“It was an anti-climax game,” concluded Wenger.

“Contrary to us they [Inter] were not in a situation where they had to attack.  These games are very tight – they could have given the second goal to Barcelona [which was disallowed late on].

“Defensively, Inter played very well over the two games. I don’t think Mourinho  decided not to get out further than 25 yards, it was just the situation of the game.

“But it was not the beautiful game. Barcelona peaked two or three weeks ago unfortunately. Inter Milan were physically a bit stronger in the two games.”

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