Bayern Munich have been known as one of the best teams in Europe for quite some time now and against Barcelona last night, they further proved why in front of the watching world.
They put a real beating down on the Spanish ‘giants’ and they did so in a way that made them look miles apart in terms of their overall quality. Sure, there were moments of doubt, but goals from Thomas Muller and Leroy Sane ensured that Bayern would be the ones heading into the break with a comfortable 2-0 lead.
Alphonso Davies came into the equation with a lovely assist for Jamal Musiala to make it three and from there, it was the kind of routine “see it out” performance that put quite a few things into perspective.
Barca waste chances
The strange thing about this game was that Barcelona did have a few chances, and many of them actually came when the scoreline was still 0-0. Jordi Alba and Ousmane Dembele probably should’ve done better with the chances they had but ultimately, Barca just couldn’t pull the trigger. Xavi knows what he needs to do in order to turn the club’s fortunes around, but the question is how long it will take for it to happen.
How the mighty have fallen
Barcelona will be playing in the Europa League after finishing third in their group, ensuring that Benfica are now the ones who will enter the last 16. It’s been a fall from grace that could’ve been seen coming from a mile away, but it’s still unusual to think this is an actual thing that’s happening in the modern age. It’s the first time they’ve failed to qualify since way back in the 2003/04 campaign, and it further proves why there needs to be such a dramatic shift in what’s going on at the club.
Bayern keep momentum going
Bayern Munich are scary once they get into a real rhythm and that’s precisely what they’re in right now. They’re leading the way in the Bundesliga, they’re one of the favourites in the Champions League and they seem to have struck a really nice balance between the senior members of their squad and those who are there to learn and develop into the next big thing. We’re looking at a real force to be reckoned with and Barca are just the first of many clubs who will have to deal with that.
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