Anyone who had hoped for a game of Tiki Taka football from the home team was disappointed. The start of Barça was good, but after twenty minutes Bayern took the game crushingly in their hands.
A shot from Sané first exploded on the head of his compatriot Ter Stegen, ten minutes later it was hit for the visitors. A shot by Müller deflected on Garcia, now Ter Stegen had no chance. There was no answer from Barca before half-time.
Sané also had the first chance after the break. Again Ter Stegen did an excellent job, this time with a leg reflex.
Delay, but no adjustment for the Bavarian machine. The inevitable Lewandowski made it 0-2 after ten minutes. The Polish goal-getter was in the right place to tap a ball into Musiala’s post.
After the double deficit, Koeman intervened. He brought in some youth products and the home supporters liked that.
Gavi, Demir, Baldé, they aren’t names like clocks yet, but they tried. Every contact with the ball was almost treated as a goal. Coutinho was also still dangerous against his ex-club, but he was unable to frame twice.
It eventually became 0-3 thanks to Lewandowski again. Once again he was in the right place after a ball hit the post.
This Barça has nothing to do at this level, with strikers like Luuk de Jong and Memphis Depay who were never dangerous. Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer may have had one of the quietest nights of his career. And that in Camp Nou. It’s been different…