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Barcelona 0-3 Bayern Munich: Thomas Muller haunts Barca again as Bayern claim big win

Thomas Muller (right) celebrates his goal for Bayern Munich at Barcelona
Muller scored his seventh Champions League goal against Barcelona, at least two more than any other player

Goals from Thomas Muller and Robert Lewandowski settled a battle of the big two in Champions League Group E as Bayern Munich claimed a dominant opening-game victory at Barcelona.

The German champions controlled the game, with Muller scoring his seventh career goal against Barca courtesy of a first-half effort that found the net off Eric Garcia’s back.

Lewandowski made sure of the win with a typical predatory finish, poking his 74th Champions League goal into an empty net after Jamal Musiala’s drive had cannoned back off the post.

His 75th came late in the game, as he once again showed his talent in front of goal with a lashed finish after Serge Gnabry’s shot had come back off the post and fell to him in the box.

Barca, playing their first Champions League since the departure of talisman Lionel Messi, were flat and offered little, failing to muster a single shot on target.

They ended the game with four teenagers on the pitch, which did at least inject some urgency and lift a subdued crowd of just short of 40,000 because of Covid-19 restrictions.

They were still thoroughly outclassed, though, and by a Bayern team that were not even at their best.

Bayern ease to win against broken Barca

It is now 13 months since Bayern ruthlessly exposed the growing frailty at the heart of Barcelona, putting eight past them in one of the most eye-opening Champions League knockout games in recent memory.

Little did Barca know that things would only get worse for them in the months to follow, with a perilous financial situation bringing about the departure of Messi to Paris St-Germain this summer.

They now look a shell of a once great side – sleepwalking through the motions and vulnerable to be easily brushed aside by any side with a plan and talent, or a world-class one playing in third gear as Bayern were here.

Messi started up front with Luis Suarez in that 8-2 loss in 2020. On Wednesday, Barca paired two former Premier League failures in Memphis Depay and Luuk de Jong, and that was largely because ex-Middlesbrough forward Martin Braithwaite is injured.

Not that it mattered as Bayern cut the supply, left the home forwards adrift, set about pressing high, and patiently picked apart a defence designed to be a three but more often pushed into being a five.

Bayern are in something of a transition phase of their own, with their immediate solution to a departing manager and aging parts of their squad being to recruit the best bits from nearest domestic challenger RB Leipzig.

In new boss Julian Nagelsmann they have a man whose ideals make for an easy handover from successor Hansi Flick.

The 34-year-old has the talent and the tools to make this Bayern side a real challenger for the Champions League this season. If this is them in third gear, imagine when they hit fifth?

As for Barca, they are stalling and it is hard to see how they get themselves back on track.

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  1. Squad number1Player nameter Stegen

  2. Squad number4Player nameAraujo

  3. Squad number3Player namePiqué

  4. Squad number24Player nameGarcía

  5. Squad number5Player nameBusquets

  6. Squad number20Player nameRoberto

  7. Squad number21Player namede Jong

  8. Squad number16Player namePedri

  9. Squad number18Player nameAlba

  10. Squad number17Player namede Jong

  11. Squad number9Player nameDepay

  1. Squad number11Player nameDemir

  2. Squad number14Player namePhilippe Coutinho

  3. Squad number22Player nameMingueza

  4. Squad number30Player nameGavi

  5. Squad number31Player nameÁlex Balde

Bayern Munich

  1. Squad number1Player nameNeuer

  2. Squad number5Player namePavard

  3. Squad number2Player nameUpamecano

  4. Squad number4Player nameSüle

  5. Squad number19Player nameDavies

  6. Squad number6Player nameKimmich

  7. Squad number8Player nameGoretzka

  8. Squad number42Player nameMusiala

  9. Squad number25Player nameMüller

  10. Squad number10Player nameSané

  11. Squad number9Player nameLewandowski

  1. Squad number7Player nameGnabry

  2. Squad number11Player nameComan

  3. Squad number18Player nameSabitzer

  4. Squad number21Player nameHernández

  5. Squad number44Player nameStanisic



Formation 3-1-4-2

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 4Araujo
  • 3Piqué
  • 24GarcíaSubstituted forMinguezaat 66′minutes
  • 5BusquetsSubstituted forPaez Gaviriaat 59′minutesBooked at 82mins
  • 20RobertoSubstituted forDemirat 59′minutes
  • 21de Jong
  • 16González López
  • 18AlbaSubstituted forBalde Martínezat 74′minutes
  • 17de JongSubstituted forCoutinhoat 66′minutes
  • 9Depay


  • 2Dest
  • 6Puig Martí
  • 11Demir
  • 13Murara Neto
  • 14Coutinho
  • 15Lenglet
  • 22Mingueza
  • 23Umtiti
  • 26Peña Sotorres
  • 28González Iglesias
  • 30Paez Gaviria
  • 31Balde Martínez

Bayern Munich

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Neuer
  • 5PavardSubstituted forHernándezat 66′minutes
  • 2UpamecanoBooked at 78mins
  • 4SüleSubstituted forStanisicat 82′minutes
  • 19Davies
  • 6KimmichBooked at 5mins
  • 8Goretzka
  • 42MusialaSubstituted forGnabryat 70′minutes
  • 25MüllerSubstituted forSabitzerat 82′minutes
  • 10SanéSubstituted forComanat 82′minutes
  • 9Lewandowski


  • 3Richards
  • 7Gnabry
  • 11Coman
  • 13Choupo-Moting
  • 17Cuisance
  • 18Sabitzer
  • 20Sarr
  • 21Hernández
  • 22Roca
  • 23Nianzou
  • 26Ulreich
  • 44Stanisic

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