Camp Nou Stadium was the place where Bayern Munich visited FC Barcelona in the Champions League. We got player ratings.
The post-Messi era started today for FC Barcelona against Bayern Munich at Camp Nou in the Champions League. With nearly 40,000 supporters, the Catalan club offered their new version that doesn’t convince anybody. Historically, this squad has been known for dominating ball possession at home over the last 20 years. However, today’s squad is only a fraction of what they showed us in previous years. Bayern Munich didn’t even break a sweat in order to get a positive result at Camp Nou. Trying to find the ideal starting eleven for Ronald Koeman will be extremely difficult this season.
We are talking about a squad that is going through a renovation process and leaves little hope for what the fans can expect this season. Thomas Muller scored the first goal during the first half for Bayern in a moment where the German giants completely dominated the game. Ronald Koeman started getting completely roasted on social media for his utterly defensive tactical approach. We all expected some sort of reaction that never came during the second half. Only Ronald Araujo was okay before the break, the rest of the players were absolutely dismal.
The youngsters can’t save FC Barcelona.
One of the biggest demands to Ronald Koeman is his lack of trust to players from the academy, he proved he might not use them as much this season. From the start of the game, he decided to use players like Luuk de Jong instead of a player like Demir on the attack. In the second half, Robert Lewandowski sent Koeman into overdrive with Bayern’s second goal. This was the moment in which the Barcelona manager decided to take many of his starters off the pitch.
Youngsters like Gavi or Demir got their chance and they played an okay performance. But Bayern Munich is too great of a squad for this Barcelona side, the difference is abysmal. Despite not losing 8-2 like the last time both squads played, it is clear Barcelona doesn’t have what it takes to compete in Europe this season. If the club decides to keep Ronald Koeman, those chances will diminish even further as the campaign progresses. Robert Lewandowski scored Bayern’s third with six minutes left on the clock and the humiliation was complete. In a day filled with activity, take a look at all the other results down below.
FC Barcelona: Ter Stegen (7), Alba (6), Garcia (6), Araujo (6), Pique (6), Roberto (5), Busquets (4), F. De Jong (6), Pedri (6), Memphis (5), L. De Jong (4).
Bench: Demir (7), Gavi (6), Coutinho (6), Mingueza (6), Balde (6).
Bayern Munich: Neuer (7), Davies (7), Sule (6), Upamecano (7), Pavard (7), Kimmich (7), Goretzka (7), Musiala (7), Muller (8), Sane (7), Lewandowski (8).
Bench: Gnabry (6), Lucas (6).