The Champions League group stage has officially begun and there is a lot to undo from the first set of matches. We always knew there were some barnburners waiting to emerge and obviously Barcelona vs Bayern Munich turned out to be the prime example of this at Camp Nou.
It wasn’t a particularly competitive bout, but in terms of producing noteworthy moments, it definitely hit home with Bayern running out of winners 3-0 in the face of a disappointed, but not necessarily shocked, collection of fans. of Barça.
The old guard shines
Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski have been doing this at the highest level for longer than most of us can remember and for this reason, they are often expected to fall off the face of the earth from year to year. Sadly, instead of taking a back seat, they decided to climb a second mountain, with overwhelming evidence of that coming from the three goals they scored against each other earlier this week. They were sharp, efficient and practically controlled the game high, making their way with Barcelona defense whenever they saw fit.
Barcelona have not made a single shot on goal, which is really one of the saddest aspects of this game from the point of view of “grandeur”. This is supposed to be one of the biggest football clubs in Europe and even if historically it still is, they are in a lot of trouble both on and off the pitch. In many ways this is even worse than the beating they suffered last August because now they don’t even have Messi or Griezmann, both of whom left last summer, to rely on – two men who were instrumental in trying to stabilize the ship when everything he was going south.
Bayern hardly sweat
Bayern Munich didn’t literally get out of first gear and still managed to win 3-0, which tells you everything you need to know. At this rate we may find ourselves in some embarrassment in the return match and while it may seem a little over the top, this really feels like one of the most desperate slips into the dark we’ve seen from a club on this scale for a while. Maybe Ronald Koeman can still drag them to the knockout stage, but either way, the next few years don’t exactly look promising for one of Spain’s greatest sporting stories.