Champions League: Bayern too strong for Barcelona

Status: 14.09.2021 10:49 p.m.

At the start of the Football Champions League, Bayern Munich will not give FC Barcelona the slightest chance at the Nou Camp and will take a well-deserved victory.

Thomas Müller (33rd) and Robert Lewandowski (56th, 85th) scored the goals for the 3-0 (1-0) success on Tuesday (14.09.2021) for the Munich team, who had been superior over the entire season in Barcelona. “We absolutely deserved to win,” said FCB coach Julian Nagelsmann afterwards.

Even if the guests had to sort themselves out in the first few minutes, FC Bayern was like the youngest clear Bundesliga victory in Leipzig in terms of room layout, pace, body language, play area Barca ahead from the start. After the upheaval with the departure of, among others, Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann as well as the lack of some injuries, the Catalans lacked quality and a clear statics in the game.

Headquarter strong with Kimmich and Goretzka

Against the defensive line-up with three-man chain from trainer Ronald Koeman, the attacks of the Munich team, which were cleverly directed by Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka from the headquarters, also found ways into the depths via the very agile Jamal Musiala and Leroy Sané.

Sané fired the first serious warning shot from the left (19th), which Marc-André Ter Stegen was able to fend off in his second competitive game for Barcelona after a long injury break. Musiala also couldn’t get through after a dribble over the right into the penalty area (27th).

Müller puts Bavaria on the road to victory

The opening goal from a deflected Müller shot from 25 meters was a bit happy in the making, but absolutely deserved. Barcelona didn’t develop any punch at all. Midfielder Frenkie de Jong was completely signed off, so that no ball came to the dual leaders Memphis Depay and Luuk de Jong.

Nothing changed in the second half. Barcelona lacked the means to seriously embarrass the concentrated and structured playing of Munich. After Ter Stegen was able to prevent the second goal with a strong save against a Sané shot (52nd), the German national goalkeeper was powerless at 0-2.

Lewandowski dusts off

Musiala hit the post with a shot from the center. Lewandowski was just right and only had to push the rebound over the line from eight meters. In the closing stages, Barca coach Koeman switched to a back four and more midfield staff – but that didn’t make the Catalans’ game any more dangerous.

On the contrary: The German champions followed up with ice cold. Again it was Lewandowski who this time accepted a post from substitute Serge Gnabry in the penalty area, rounded another opponent and scored the 3-0 final score.

After five competitive games in a row with 26 goals, FC Bayern seems to have started rolling under coach Nagelsmann. The next task in the Bundesliga is the home game against newly promoted VfL Bochum on Saturday (3:30 p.m.). The next opponent in the Champions League is Dynamo Kiev on September 29th.


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