Thomas Muller’s deflected strike for the opener was an unlucky technique to fall behind, however the gulf at school between the 2 sides was evident all through.
Had it not been for goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Bayern might nicely have gotten near final yr’s crushing scoreline, although even his heroics couldn’t forestall the irrepressible Robert Lewandowski from scoring a brace that took his whole Champions League tally to 75.
‘We’re who we’re’
Having slid in a determined try to deny Lewandowski from scoring his second of the match, photos of Gerard Pique, key to lots of Barcelona’s biggest triumphs, watching on helpless from the ground because the Polish ahead fired residence served as a painful encapsulation of the membership’s present state.
Pique has stayed on the Camp Nou regardless of the departures of key gamers resembling Neymar and Luís Suárez lately, to not point out Antoine Griezmann and Messi this summer time, and following the sport the centerback was candid in his evaluation of Barcelona’s current struggles.
“The result’s tough and enjoying at residence, it is a dangerous outcome, we won’t misinform ourselves,” Pique instructed Spanish broadcaster Movistar.
“It’s what it’s, proper now, we’re who we’re”, he added.
Pique referenced the absences of teenager Ansu Fati, in addition to winger Ousmane Dembele and new signing Sergio Agüero, who arrived from Manchester Metropolis this summer time.
“I hope that all through the season, injured gamers begin coming again and I am satisfied that we’ll find yourself competing nicely. It is going to be a really sophisticated yr,” he continued.
“Proper now, we’re not favorites, however issues change actually quick in soccer. Final season, nobody would have stated Chelsea have been favorites [to win the Champions League].”
With 17-year previous substitute Alejandro Martínez considered one of a number of youngsters on the pitch by the sport’s finish, Pique discovered trigger for future optimism regardless of his acceptance of the current challenges dealing with the membership.
“I believe that on the finish of the day, we performed with 4 to 5 children of 18 years previous,” he instructed CBS.
“I believe that they compete superb and now we have to spend money on them, they’re the way forward for the membership.
“It’s true that it isn’t the most effective time since I’ve been right here, now we have suffered a bit however I believe that we are going to develop up, we might be higher and I am positive that, on the finish of the yr, we’ll compete for the titles,” Pique stated.
‘It’s what it’s’
Barcelona supervisor Ronald Koeman echoed his defender’s feedback in accepting the present state of the membership, admitting a “high quality” hole between his aspect and Bayern.
“We solely had three forwards right now, no extra. Tactically, there have been a variety of phases of the sport that we managed. We tried to fill areas close to Lewandowski, we tried to compete higher, however it’s what it’s,” Koeman instructed Movistar.
“I am unable to complain about our perspective. There is a distinction in high quality, within the workforce, as a gaggle and bench that is been getting higher. In two or three years, these younger gamers might be higher. It is actually tough to simply accept, however it’s what it’s,” he concluded.
In the meantime, Messi is about to embark on a Champions League marketing campaign with out Barcelona for the first-time in his profession as Paris Saint-Germain face Membership Brugge in Belgium tonight.