Counting down a historic trio that may be the MMN (Messi-Mbappé-Neymar), the first date of a long Champions League already showed some cards for the future. Although they are just the first steps, there is a game in which the role of each one was very clear, and also the potential. It was at the Barcelona presentation, at the Camp Nou, for the first time without their best player of all time. And it turned out to be a nightmare, like the one Bayern Munich is capable of causing any rival.
Already the German team-empire had massacred Barcelona with Messi on the court, on August 8-2 of last year. From then on, Barsa miraculously won a Copa del Rey, without the level or power of other times, and continued to fade. The flame was no longer the same as before and now it is very clear that it is extinguished in this post Messi cycle. If there was high respect, it was for him on the court, for his potential, for what he can invent. Without him, and not without Suárez, Griezmann and several other historical figures such as Piqué, Jordi Alba or Busquets have to take charge of this difficult reconstruction to which Agüero is added. With guys adding filming and getting hitting experience. Clearly it was not the context for the 10 to follow, which was too exposed
The other side is Bayern Munich, with a new coach (former Leipzig, Nagelsmann, 34 years old). Very armed with a base that makes him hide the passing of the years: Neuer, Pavard, Goretzka, Sané, Davies and the endless Müller (32) and Lewandowski (33). Hot blood to overwhelm and cold blood to show no mercy for rivals. A phenomenon that is explained by a philosophy of the club, by constant line of work, technique, talent and physique. A German giant who stands tall and is sure to be a great entertainer.
In a tournament of illusions with Cristiano at United (unexpected defeat in Switzerland), with other promising English teams and with PSG that he must translate into his team figures. In the middle of all this, Barcelona will dance, which cannot even dream of the Champions League and is already beginning to put its body to the hard reconstruction.