The new slap received by FC Barcelona against Bayern Munich (3-0) underlined the downgrading of the Catalan team, weighed down by its summer transfer window and numerous absences. The awakening promises to be painful.
There was a chasm on Tuesday night between FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich. No 8-2 humiliation suffered by the Catalans, but another slap with a 3-0 defeat inflicted by the Munich ogre, with a double from Lewandowski and a goal from the inevitable Thomas Müller. After the strong words of Gerard Pique at the end of the match, it was Ronald Koeman, the Blaugrana coach, and Ramons Planes, the club’s technical secretary, who made a lucid report on the current situation of the club.
“There are young people with a great future, who are 18-20 years old and compared to their players there is a difference which over time will be less”, Koeman ruled. “I can’t say anything about the attitude of the team. We have the squad that we have and very young players. But in 2 or 3 years, they will be very good. I can not complain. There is a difference in quality for both their incumbents and their replacements. “ Barça no longer has Messi, gone to PSG, but he did not have Agüero, Fati or Dembélé either.
A very limited workforce
Asked about his system of play and his 3-5-2 with Memphis Depay and Luuk de Jong on offense, Koeman said he was helpless. “We had three attackers available. Of course we would have liked to compete better but that’s what we have. “ For his part, Ramon Planes explained “That the superiority of Bayern must be recognized. (…) For me, this 0-1 changed the whole match, with Bayern’s superiority that must be recognized. We ended the match with two 17-year-olds and two 18-year-olds, against a team whose substitutes were Gnabry, Lucas Hernández … “.
Faced with the Munich armada, FC Barcelona simply did not have the weapons to fight. The downgrade is brutal as Bayern dominated this top of the head and shoulders. The Spanish press talks about “New tragic European evening” (Sport) or “From a lesson in realism” (Mundo Deportivo). Barça will have to quickly forget this new slap which has again marked a sharp decline on the European scene.