Champions League 2020: Bayern Munich thrash Barcelona 8-2
Veteran Barcelona defender Gerard Pique described this morning’s 8-2 Champions League humiliation at the hands of Bayern Munich as a “disgrace” and claimed the famous club had “hit rock bottom”.
Thomas Mueller and Philippe Coutinho both scored twice as the German side blew Barca away in a merciless display that will prompt serious questions over Lionel Messi’s future in Spain.
Ivan Perisic, Serge Gnabry, Joshua Kimmich and Robert Lewandowski were also on target for Bayern, with Barca’s goals coming via a David Alaba own goal and a second-half strike from Luis Suarez.
“We have hit rock bottom. This is not the first, nor the second, nor the third time. We are not on the right path,” said Pique.
“Coaches and players follow one another, but it has been several years since we have been able to be competitive on a European level.
“We all have to think internally and decide what is best for the club, for Barca. Tonight was unacceptable for Barcelona.”
Five-time winners Barcelona’s last Champions League title came in 2015 and today’s rout followed being beaten to the La Liga title by bitter rivals Real Madrid.
“It was a horrible match. It leaves a bad feeling, a disgrace,” added 33-year-old Pique.
“It’s very hard to take but I hope it will be useful for something, for us to all think about it.
“The club needs changes. And I’m not talking at the level of the coach or the players, but structurally the club needs changes of all kinds.
“We must bring in new blood to change this dynamic, and if necessary, I would be the first to leave.”
This was Bayern Munich’s 19th consecutive victory in all competitions, and a 28th game unbeaten for Hansi Flick’s side. They have now scored 39 goals in nine Champions League outings this season.
But the story of the game is Barcelona’s remarkable capitulation and the question is what happens to them now. Messi was 27 when they last won the Champions League. He is 33 now and this game may make up his mind that he needs to finally leave the Camp Nou if he is to win it again.
Messi could barely believe what he’d been part of, putting his hand to his head as he struggled to comprehend the incredible result.
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Bayern went ahead in the fourth minute as Mueller controlled a ball in from the left by Perisic and played a one-two with Robert Lewandowski to scuff a shot low past compatriot Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
They did leave themselves open at the back and parity was restored when Alaba, in attempting to stop a Jordi Alba cross, sliced the ball over Manuel Neuer and into his own net.
For a very brief spell Barca were even on top, as Neuer was forced into a key save from Suarez and a Messi cross came back off the far upright.
But Bayern, suffocating their opponents with their pressing, went back in front midway through the first half. Gnabry won back possession on the edge of the final third before feeding Perisic, who fired past Ter Stegen and into the far corner.
That was the first of three goals in a 10-minute spell.
Leon Goretzka’s deft touch over the top took out Clement Lenglet and Gnabry drilled home to make it 3-1. Then Mueller stole in front of Lenglet to turn in Kimmich’s delivery from the right for 4-1.
Suarez briefly gave Barca something to cling to as he controlled Alba’s ball in from the left, swerved away from Jerome Boateng and fired home.
Yet there would be no comeback, as Kimmich converted Bayern’s fifth following a remarkable assist by Alphonso Davies, and then Lewandowski headed in Coutinho’s cross to make it six.
As Barcelona collapsed, Coutinho made it seven in the 85th minute at the end of a move started when Messi was robbed of possession and then had time to score another in the 88th minute.
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