Bayern Munich were only disappointed to beat Barcelona 3-0 at the Camp Nou, proving once again to be too strong for their Champions League rivals.
The two teams met for the first time after Bayern’s resounding 8-2 success 13 months earlier, a quarter-final victory that broke all records.
The end result was slightly more respectable for Barca this time around, but they were completely outclassed again by the Bundesliga champions on Tuesday.
Ronald Koeman’s Barca have not shot on target for the first time in a Champions League game since Opta records began in 2003-04.
At the other end, Bayern were rampant, led by Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski.
Lewandowski scored two goals after Muller’s first goal maintained his outstanding record against Barca, now holding seven goals in six games.
No player in Champions League history has scored more goals against Barça – Muller surpassed the five of Ukrainian great Andriy Shevchenko in 8-2.
“We didn’t give much to the rear and we could have scored one or two more goals up front,” Muller told Amazon.
“Playing here is fun, the kids enjoyed it. If you win 3-0 here, that’s a very important sign. We are very happy.”
7 – Thomas Müller has scored more goals against Barcelona than any other player in European Cup / Champions League history (seven goals in six appearances). Plug. pic.twitter.com/LwH7OwePcx
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Muller was asked to explain why he scores so regularly against Barça, having scored once every 73 minutes in Champions League matches, making seven out of 16 shots.
“This is because Barcelona are a playful side and, as an attacking player, you have a little more space than the defensive blocks,” he said. “But you can say that I like to score against Barça”.
Muller wasn’t alone in having fun on Tuesday, however, as one of nine Bayern players to share 17 shots between them.
Bayern star Joshua Kimmich, who tried one and created three, said: “We didn’t get into the game that easily. The longer the game went on, the more control we had.
“Then we are happy to score 1-0 because it was a bit lucky. However, in the first half we were already the best team. We could have won even more.
“We let the ball go, even if we still made some simple mistakes. The bottom line is that we can be satisfied. “