The jeers from the Camp Nou faithful said it all before the start of the game. Barca are a shadow of their former self , the DNA of the club is being lost slow but sure, off the pitch the books aren’t balancing and in this game they were played off the park by a rampaging SuperBayern. It is hard to even watch when a side like Barcelona ,known for their expansive passing game cannot even string 3 passes together. Memphis Depay and De Jong were starved of the ball such that they had to drop into their own half just to have it. Bayern’s tactic was pretty much similar to the 8-2 game, squeeze Barca with a high press putting the shaky Eric Garcia and Pique under pressure.
You may have noticed when the younger players of the home side made it on to the pitch the game became more of a contest. Gavi and Balde added much more bite to the attack when they came on with the likes of Busquets and Alba off the pitch. This shows that Koeman needs to have more faith in youth like he has done with Pedri. For BAYERN Goretzka was awesome he was all over the pitch. Muller us getting back to the Muller of 10 years ago. Ever the potent striker is Robert Lewandolski. Musiala is having a great start to the season, in this one he kept out Gnabry. The young English born midfielder knows how to time his runs into the box ala Frank Lampard. He has dribbling skills too and abundance of confidence for a teenager. This looks like a stretch for the Catalans to win this year’s champions league. BAYERN will take some beating in this year’s competition by the looks of this performance.