In their opening game of the 2021/22 Champions League season, Bayern Munich thrashed Barcelona 3-0 at Camp Nou.
The unlucky Catalans were defeated on the opening day of the competition for the first time in 24 years, thanks to a goal from Thomas Muller and a brace from Robert Lewandowski.
Ronald Koeman’s squad were a pale ghost of their former rip-roaring selves without Lionel Messi to supply creative ideas or score important goals.
Muller’s effort took a deflection from Eric Garcia soon after the half-hour mark, giving the Bavarians the lead.
Bayern Munich have scored ELEVEN goals in their last two games against Barcelona in the Champions League.
And Barca still have to go to the Allianz Arena. 😳 pic.twitter.com/3jZPYOuoY3
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 14, 2021
The defending Bundesliga champions overpowered their Spanish opponents from start to finish, much like they did in their 8-2 demolition job last year. The scoreline would have been much higher if there had been a little more cutting edge.
Barcelona has, unfortunately, lost its identity as a club.
The player ratings for both teams are listed below.
6.5/10 for Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
In a fantastic goalkeeping performance, he stopped Sane twice, but Ter Stegen had no chance with either of Bayern’s goals tonight.
7/10 Ronald Araujo
With a mature performance tonight, the young Argentine star came of age, blocking so many shots in the first half. On the night, he also made five clearances.
7.5/10 for Gerard Pique.
Barcelona’s veterans tried every trick in the book to stop Bayern’s in-form attackers tonight, but it was in vain. It doesn’t take away from his amazing performance, which included five clearances, two blocked shots, four tackles, six ground duels won, five long-balls, and 95 percent completion of passes!
🗣️ Gerard Piqué: “The result is bad, especially since we played in our stadium.” pic.twitter.com/xSLfG2qmgR
— Barça Worldwide (@BarcaWorldwide) September 14, 2021
6/10 – Eric Garcia
He struggled to keep Lewandowski in check, catching him with a clumsy challenge early on before the Pole snatched the ball in a brilliant attacking move. Muller’s shot was likewise deflected off the center-back.
6.5/10 Sergio Busquets
Barcelona’s captain struggled to keep control of the midfield as the game whizzed by. In the 59th minute, Koeman relieved him of his anguish by removing Busquets.
Sergi Roberto has a score of 6/10.
Another dismal effort by Roberto, who struggled to get his act together against Bayern’s fast-paced play all night. Just before the hour mark, he, too, left with Busquets.
5/10 for Jordi Alba
Slop is far off the beaten path.
5/10 for Luuk de Jong
The Dutchman’s debut was not very noteworthy, as he had an ineffective appearance for Barcelona. In 66 minutes of activity, he only had 23 touches on the ball and failed to make a single shot.
Memphis Depay (six out of ten)
At least in terms of work ethics, Depay outperformed his international teammate. But when it came to outright threats, he, too, was lacking. He lacked the flair with which he had previously performed.
Yusuf Demir – 6/10 Substitutes
The teenager came in to replace Roberto and couldn’t have done a greater job.
6.5/10 for Gavi
His spatial awareness was excellent, and he exuded confidence.
Philippe Coutinho has a score of 6/10.
The disgruntled Barcelona midfielder had hoped to conjure something against his former club, but he was unable to do so.
Oscar Mingueza has a score of 6/10.
He had a good read on the game and even attempted to set up Depay with a lunging pass, but Neuer handled it easily.
7/10 Alejandro Balde
Balde was a breath of fresh air, fearless, adventurous, and full of vigor. The best Barcelona substitution of the night, in my opinion.