FC Bayern Munich has made a tailor-made start to the new Champions League season. On the 1st matchday of Group E, the German record champions won 3-0 (1-0) at FC Barcelona.
Thomas Müller with strong help from Eric Garcia, who deflected the ball untenable for Marc-Andre ter Stegen (34th), and Robert Lewandowski by stabbing after a post crash from Jamal Musiala (56th) and shortly before the end (85th) scored the Goals for Julian Nagelsmann’s team against a completely harmless and colorless team of Ronald Koeman.
“We didn’t get into the game that easily, but we were the better team in the first half,” said Joshua Kimmich after the game Prime Video. “The bottom line is that we can be satisfied. We had a few lack of concentration, tracking errors that we could have avoided. It was very, very humid. It wasn’t that easy to make the kilometers. But the result is very good for us.”
“Playing here is really fun. If you win 3-0 here, that’s a clear signal. We’re very happy about that,” said Müller, who had celebrated his 32nd birthday the day before: “I like to score against Barca.” All the voices for the game can be found here.
Barca fans made their displeasure with UEFA and its president Aleksander Cererin public on the sidelines of the game.
FC Barcelona – FC Bayern Munich: The analysis
Nagelsmann made two changes in personnel compared to the 4: 1 in Leipzig: Süle replaced Hernandez for reasons of stress control, while Gnabry, who was not one hundred percent resilient with back problems, made way for Musiala. This did not change anything about the 4-2-3-1, which was also tried and tested under Nagelsmann.
However, unlike against RB, Munich found it difficult to find their game in the opening minutes. The home side, not playing in the Spanish league at the weekend, got off to a better start because they had more control of the ball and a better floor plan in 3-5-2. Positive from Bayern’s point of view: They survived this somewhat sleepy phase unscathed because of the lack of danger in the Barca offensive game and found their way into the game from the 20th minute onwards.
The goal from Müller, although it was a bit lucky, was the logical consequence. Barca let themselves be pushed into their own sixteen very often, which was not at all well received in the Camp Nou ranks. During the break there were isolated whistles from the Cules against Koeman’s team, who was clearly lacking in inspiration.
Even after the break, the hosts only knew what to do with desperate half-field input on new signing Luuk de Jong. The track players in particular (Alba on the left, Roberto on the right) acted very passively. The Bavarians remained true to themselves, defended cheerfully to the front and sprayed with joy in combining. Lewandowski marked the 2-0 early on after the restart.
After that, at the latest, only the greatest optimists believed in a comeback at Camp Nou. Koeman’s many personnel changes shouldn’t change that. When Lewandowski scored the third goal shortly before the end, the game finally had the character of a training game. The Barca fans then gleefully applauded their own team for every successful pass. A humiliation.
Impeccable performance from the defense chief, who presented himself awake from the start and won the important duels. Always gaining momentum.
At the front line absolutely no chance and with great speed deficits against Upamecano and Süle. A thoroughly bitter evening for the Barca newcomer, who received whistles on his debut.