Barcelona knocked out of Champions League after being easily beaten by Bayern Munich

Barcelona found new level of humiliation. This Champions League eliminates not 8-2 or one of those collapses, but it was the first elimination in the group stage since 2001.

Far from the vision of how the game is played, they are the ultimate image of a fallen empire. You could say this 3-0 win is another illustration of Bayern MunichTheir own strength as they have already won a 100% record from the group, but they don’t need to reach such heights. It was all too easy for the German champions, as they seemed to overtake Barcelona in every attack.

Almost the worst thing about it is the feeling they never had any chance at all. That was even before Benfica essentially ended any tension of the evening by getting ahead of Dynamo Kyiv before 20 minutes of another game.

This loss and elimination is of course a lot less than what actually happened that night. After all, there is the specter of Barca’s many bad defeats to Bayern.

It is the latest consequence of a protracted decline, and a series of bad decisions being made on all sides.

So while this matchup is nothing new or unexpected, it could raise some new questions for Barcelona.

With the club still looking like it could do with a complete reset, and possibly a total overhaul of its ideology – perhaps following something more German or at least is close to modern game best practices – it’s fair to question whether the best move is yet another act of nostalgia; another attempt to revive the good old days. That’s what the appointment of Xavi – who is still a novice due to his limited experience at this level – shows.

Their old hero didn’t just rebuild the team. He needs to be part of the rebuilding of the club. It’s an absolutely massive undertaking, feeling so much bigger than it was in 2003 or 1988.

For this game, Bayern are really just ignoring the wreckage.

Another problem is that it doesn’t even have many obstacles. That is almost true for Leroy SaneThe ball is scored when Marc-Andre ter Stegen is unable to score. Even before that, he set the tone by delivering a quick pass to Bayern Munich just yards from goal. Sergio Busquets was forced to commit a foul that led to the booking, and took away even more of their advantage.

In terms of quality, Barcelona is not only inferior to Bayern too much. They look so innocent.

Julian NagelsmannMy team tore them apart with every attack.

For the first goal of the game, the brilliant Robert Lewandowski just jumped over Pique, sending him one way and another before handing the ball away. Thomas Muller. The striker still produced an incredibly creative header to score, but it looks like he did because he could have done it instead of what he needed to.

It was a night for Bayern to test, to satisfy themselves, but it was still an impressive win even though they won so easily.

Finally, and Jamal Musiala’s finish, they were almost passing Barca. Of course, there will be arguments that Xavi’s team did not “make themselves ugly”, but even being forced into such matches is pitiful.

(Beautiful pictures)

This is one of the great names of the game.

And it is absolutely no surprise that they were knocked out of the Champions League at the very beginning. Instead, it feels a necessity, and almost justifiable for the path the club has been and is on.

There is another argument that this will be better for Xavi himself in the long run. It will avoid what is certain to be another brutal evening in the knockout stages, and the Europa League will give more space to develop this young team and coach.

The next big question, however, is how good he is.

We don’t really know, it’s unrelated to his work in Qatar. This looks like a Barcelona team with the basics of Pep Guardiola’s principles, but absolutely nothing special – either in terms of quality or what they’re doing.

So when Barcelona left the league, they were left with just another devastating reality: this was a shell of a club, with so many players below their standards, unrecruitable and with a newcomers to power.

It was a huge job. However, this is not a big surprise. Barcelona knocked out of Champions League after being easily beaten by Bayern Munich


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