Barcelona 0-3 Bayern Munich: Catalans STILL take a beating against German giants as Thomas Muller’s deflected attack and Robert Lewandowski brace for ‘Koeman Out’ pop up at Nou Camp
- Barcelona was defeated 3-0 at home by German giant Bayern Munich on Tuesday
- Thomas Muller’s first half shot was deflected on Eric Garcia for the opening goal
- Robert Lewandowski showed his predatory skills to score a brace in the second half
- A ‘Koeman Out’ banner emerged from a flat Camp Nou stadium on Tuesday
A banner read ‘Koeman Out’ at Camp Nou and after another miserable European night for Barcelona in the hands of Bayern Munich, the future of the Dutch coach is now at stake.
Ronald Koeman’s team was knocked down 3-0 by Bayern Munich, but the performance was worse than the result. They defended deeply, they were overrun in midfield and posed almost no threat on offense.
It was a clear Europa League appearance from Barcelona and in this way they may be playing where they end up in a difficult group with Benfica and Dynamo Kyiv.
Bayern Munich recorded another comfortable win over Barcelona on Tuesday with a 3-0 win
Robert Lewandowski scored two goals in the second half to bring his goal total to 10
A ‘Koeman Out’ banner appeared at the Camp Nou on a bad night for manager Ronald (above)
It’s hard not to have sympathy for Koeman. Barca lost 8-2 to Bayern two years ago and have since allowed Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann to leave. He has a much weaker roster than his predecessors and last night had to turn to 17-year-old Gavi and 18-year-old Yusuf Demir after Bayern’s second goal came in.
But the Barcelona supporters have someone to blame and the way Koeman set them up last night was an open invitation for Bayern Munich to bring the game to the home side. He also failed to change the plan at halftime despite them being second best in the first half.
Jordi Alba presented an attacking threat early on, but of course he missed Messi at the end of his crosses. His first center went past Sergio Roberto and another Ronald Araujo headed over.
The Champions League heavyweight clash was played in a flat 40,000 Camp Nou crowd
Traffic was mainly one-way: towards Marc André ter Stegen. Jamal Musiala was Bayern’s most menacing attacker and Gerard Pique had to slide in to block his shot.
With every Bayern attack, Barcelona seemed to take a step back towards their own goal. That tactic left a lot of room up front on the edge of the area and from there Thomas Muller scored with a long shot that hit the back of Eric Garcia on the wrong foot Ter Stegen.
Barcelona needed a goal now, but even electric Memphis Depay seemed lonely when Alphonso Davies expropriated him.
Thomas Muller’s (second from left) shot went into Eric Garcia’s (second from right) net
Lewandowski (third from left) then scored a second goal 10 minutes after the break
Ter Stegen prevented Bayern from taking a 2-0 lead at the start of the second half by saving well from Leroy Sané. But Robert Lewandowski did make two from close range after Musiala’s shot fell off the post.
Koeman finally let the substitutions ring through and that was the whistle for Sergio Roberto as he left. The Camp Nou came in behind Philippe Coutinho when he came in and curled a shot over the crossbar from Manuel Neuer. Alba stumbled away with 20 minutes to go, replaced by 18-year-old Alejandro Balde. Another teenager for the mammoth task of making a comeback against Bayern.
There was no recovery. And when Serge Gnabry hit the post, Lewandowski was there again to score the third.
The ‘Koeman Out’ banner had long been taken down, but this was a terrible start to Barcelona’s Champions League campaign and the coach will be blamed.
The Polish forward (second from left) batted in a third late after Serge Gnabry .’s first shot