Bayern Munich cruised past Barcelona in their Champions League opener on Tuesday, scoring three goals without reply.
All the discussion leading up to the match was about how Bayern Munich had thrashed Barcelona the last time the two sides met.
While there was little reason to believe a Barcelona squad without Lionel Messi could compete with Bayern Munich, the Bavarians’ manner of victory was astounding.
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Julian Nagelsmann’s side barely broke a sweat as they won 3-0 away from home thanks to a Thomas Muller goal and a Robert Lewandowski brace.
On the night, several Bayern Munich players stood out. So, without further ado, here are the five greatest players from Germany’s upcoming match versus Barcelona.
The five greatest players from Bayern Munich’s 3-0 triumph against Barcelona at Camp Nou#5 Upamecano Dayot
Bayern Munich’s Dayot Upamecano had a dominant performance at the back, allowing no one to get past him.
Barcelona threatened to throw several early passes behind Upamecano and Bayern Munich’s high defensive line, but the Frenchman handled it with ease.
Dayot Upamecano vs Barcelona
89% pass accuracy
1/1 successful dribbles
4 tackles won
2 aerials won
9/15 duels won
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Memphis Depay and Luuk de Jong, a Dutch combo, got some early possession. They didn’t bother Upamecano, who easily intercepted everything that was thrown his way.
With speed and physicality on his side, the 22-year-old is already looking like a great investment. He had four tackles, four interceptions, and an 89 percent pass success rate at the end of the game.
#4 Leon Goretzka
Leon Goretzka is resembling the monster unleashed by Hansi Flick when he led Bayern Munich to the treble in the 2019-21 season.
When Barcelona possessed the ball, the former Schalke midfielder never stopped running and pressing them. Along with Joshua Kimmich, he put in a tenacious performance in the middle of the park.
Bayern Munich won a lot of midfield turnovers because to Goretzka’s pressure. He had the most interceptions (five) of any player on the field and was a key contributor for the Bavarians.
Bayern Munich will have a dangerous midfield if the German stays fit for the entire season, and might push for a seventh Champions League crown.