Barcelona were humiliated 4-0 on Tuesday in the Champions League semi-finals at the Allianz Arena, in a game where the Catalans were anticipated to do so much better.
With 63% ball possession, there is no denying that the Spanish giants tried all they could to impose themselves over their German challengers.
However, things turned out negatively for Los Cules, who increasingly lost control as the game went on.
A first-half header from Thomas Muller initially gave Bayern Munich a 1-0 lead at the break; but Mario Gomez doubled the Bavarians’ lead on 49 minutes, before Arjen Robben made it 3-0 later on.
Muller then scored again eight minutes from time to wrap up a shocking 4-0 victory over Barcelona.
Still, despite the fact that the La Liga leaders now have to win either by a four or five-goal margin at the Camp Nou next week to survive, assistant manager Jordi Roura assured Barca fans that the team was going to give their all in the return leg, in an attempt to overturn the deficit.
“The defeat is very painful and it complicates our chances of getting to the [Champions League] final,” Roura said during the post-match press conference. “We will try to turn this tie around in the return leg. Miracles are hard to get and the 4-0 result is complicated; but our obligation is to fight as hard as we can.”
Although the assistant manager judged a couple of goals in the game as “illegal”, he admitted that Bayern Munich’s good organisation on the pitch made it difficult for Barca to respond.
Defender Gerard Pique, who failed to impress during the 90 minutes, stated after the match: “[Bayern] They were faster and stronger. They played better than we did and tonight, they were superior.”
While Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez also confirmed that Bayern “were the better side”, Brazilian defender Dani Alves and Argentinian forward Lionel Messi expressed their optimism by underlining that everything is still possible in the return leg at the Camp Nou.
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