Bayern Munich gave Barcelona a ruthless showing of how far the Catalan club has fallen by walking around a 3-0 success in the Champions League on Tuesday, with Robert Lewandowski scoring twice in a defeat at Camp Nou.
Without Lionel Messi for a first European mission since 2003, Barca were outflanked by Bayern, who may have scored all the more however eventually, agreed to three on account of Thomas Mueller’s redirected opener and Lewandowski’s twofold.
At the point when Lewandowski made it two preceding the hour, the chance of one more embarrassment in the shape of last year’s 8-2 loss by similar rivals in Lisbon felt genuine.
All things being equal, Bayern conveyed maybe a much stronger message about the bay in class by dialing down in the last stages, as Barca’s fans communicated their resentment, alarm, lastly a feeling of renunciation.
Sergi Roberto was on the finish of the most intense whistles from the home allies and it was incomprehensible not to contemplate whether the analysis came to a limited extent from frustration at the absence of progress down the right flank, where Messi once made to such an extent.
Ronald Koeman’s position has gone under examination lately and his 5-3-2 development, which opposes Barcelona’s assaulting customs, won’t have reinforced his hand.
However the reality here was the absence of value in the Barcelona line-up, coming after their fierce summer of deals, which was substandard compared to Bayern’s in each office.
Mueller has scored seven objectives in six appearances now against the Catalans while Lewandowski has scored in 18 sequential matches.
Julian Nagelsmann’s solid beginning as the mentor proceeds – this was a 6th continuous triumph – however he will realize Bayern will confront harder Champions League resistance than this.
In obvious dark horse design, Barca flew into Bayern right off the bat, anxious to intrigue themselves genuinely on a rival they maybe knew would be in fact prevalent.
The group were in on it as well, cheering as Luuk de Jong outmuscled Alphonso Davies and Sergi Roberto held off Dayot Upamecano.
There was then a trace of a possibility when Memphis Depay slid De Jong however he did not have the speed to underwrite and Benjamin Pavard cleared.
The early energy could just support Barcelona so long and as the game settled, bit by bit Bayern took control.
Leroy Sane volleyed at Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Gerard Pique needed to make a last-ditch challenge to stop Mueller.
Yet, Bayern’s position was set, regardless of whether their initial objective owed a great deal to fortune, Mueller releasing from 30 yards and the ball redirecting off the rear of Eric Garcia, wrongfooting Ter Stegen and crawling inside the post.
Barca withered before half-time, the environment going bad as passes wandered off-track and assaults separated.
A reestablished push after half-time saw Sergio Busquets drive wide however Bayern came back once more.
Normal hit the right foot of Ter Stegen from eight yards and afterward Lewandowski made it two, studding the ball into an open objective after the Barca guardian focused on Jamal Musiala’s shot that cannoned off the post.
Under danger of another whipping, Koeman took off Sergi Roberto and Busquets, to a theme of whistles from the home fans. The 18-year-old Yusuf Demir and a 17-year-old Gavi came on.
However Bayern saved Barca an embarrassment, dancing through for one more late on as Lewandowski moved through a spread of bodies and terminated with five minutes left. For Barca, three felt like a consolation.