BARCELONA totally outclassed and outplayed at the Camp Nou by Bayern Munich in their opening Champions League match
In a match that a few seasons ago would have been classed as a battle of the top clubs in Europe, that tag can sadly no longer be used to describe a post-Messi Barcelona side that is in urgent need of repair, as was proved in tonight’s (Tuesday, September 14) Champions League Group E clash at the Camp Nou, by the total domination by German champions Bayern Munich, who barely broke a sweat really in a 3-0 win.
With key players missing, this was never going to be an easy task for the Catalan team, with Martin Braithwaite now out injured as well, replacing Messi, and his previous regular partners, Luis Suarez, or Antoine Friezmann – now both departed as well – was down to Memphis Depay and Luuk de Jong in this showdown.
Tonight’s defeat was their third home defeat in a row in European competition, a new record for them, in front of 40,000 fans who somehow seemed to accept the situation, and must be hoping that things will soon rectify themselves as the new squad learns to play together without their Argentine icon, as a clearly disspirited Gerard Pique said after the match, “It is what it is. We are what we are, that’s the reality”.
Thomas Muller opened the scoring on 34 minutes, with the inevitable goals from their prolific Polish hitman, Robert Lewandowski, netting his 74th and 75th Champions League goals in style, both with a similar finish as shots rebounded off the post to him, first from a Jamal Musiala drive in the 56th minute, which he poked into the empty net, and then a typical finish, after Serge Gnabry’s effort bounced to him, he neatly body swerved a defender before burying the ball in the Barca goal for 3-0.
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