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Barcelona vs Bayern


Barcelona vs Bayern


Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has indicated that there will be changes at the club after Friday night's humiliating 8-2 defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich.


Bayern entered the Champions League quarter-final in Lisbon as the favourites, but few could have predicted the thrashing they would dish out to the Catalans.

Barcelona vs Bayern


Thomas Muller and Philippe Coutinho each scored a brace on the night, with further goals coming from Ivan Perisic, Joshua Kimmich, Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry.


There will likely be several people leaving Camp Nou as Barca reflect following an embarrassing Champions League exit

The result meant Barcelona ended the 2019-20 seasons without winning any trophies, which will not go down well with the club's fans or leadership.


Bartomeu hinted at changes after watching his team be thrashed, saying that some decisions had even been made before the game. 


“It has been a very, very tough night. I am sorry for the Barca fans and members, for the players … For everyone,"  Bartomeu told Movistar+. "We were not the club that we represent, I am so sorry.”

“There are some decisions that we had already made, and others that we will make over the next few days. Announcements will be made from next week, we need to make decisions after things have calmed down.

"Today is a day for reflection. Tomorrow we will try to raise our fans’ spirits following such a heavy defeat.

“It was a devastating result. I congratulate Bayern, they played a great game and deserved to go to the semi-finals. We were not up to the occasion, and we can only apologise to the members and fans.”

One of those most likely to see their time at Barcelona end is head coach Quique Setien, who took over from Ernesto Valverde in January.

Setien is widely expected to be sacked imminently, and Bartomeu did little to shut down that speculation. 


"I prefer not to say anything about the coach," Bartomeu said. "Many decisions were already made before playing the Champions League, but today is not the day
  
The high-pressing, energetic and ruthless German champions were on a different level to their Spanish rivals, as they have been for pretty much every opponent they have faced in Europe this season and in every competition since football restarted in June.

They scored four times in the first half, added another quartet in the second, and could easily have netted more against a shell-shocked and shambolic Barca side whose defensive errors were too numerous to recount and who now have a new and embarrassing record defeat in European competition to their name.

Bayern were not entirely infallible, though, with Barca's forward players - inevitably led by Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez - regularly finding space in behind to cause problems and test Manuel Neuer.

In a dizzyingly madcap opening 10 minutes, Thomas Muller fired Bayern ahead following a one-two with Robert Lewandowski and David Alaba wildly sliced a Jordi Alba cross into his own net to restore parity, before Suarez was denied by Neuer and Messi hit the post with a curling cross through a packed box.

The following 22 minutes took the game away from Barca, with Ivan Perisic smashing in a deflected second for Bayern before Serge Gnabry finished off a delightful ball over the top from Leon Goretzka, and Muller poked in his second at the near post.

A neat turn and finish from Suarez after the break gave the Spanish side hope, but this was snuffed out by arguably the pick of the goals - a Joshua Kimmich side-foot finish following some stunning skill and speed and excellent delivery from Alphonso Davies.

Robert Lewandowski headed his 14th Champions League goal in just eight games before salt was poured into Barca's deep wounds as Philippe Coutinho - on loan from the Spanish side - netted a seventh and eighth via close-range finishes after coming off the bench.

Bayern are by far the most decorated side left in the competition, having won the European Cup/Champions League on five occasions, most recently in 2013 and look comfortably the strongest left in this season's tournament.

They will find out their semi-final opponent on Saturday, when England's last remaining challenger Manchester City face French side Lyon.


There is always a danger that knock-out games between two of Europe's most decorated sides become a cagey tactical grapple as opposed to the haymaker-throwing thrill-fest promised by the hype.
Not Barca v Bayern, though. This is a match-up that delivers, even in an empty, neutral stadium.
Four knock-out ties since 2009 have now yielded 36 goals at an average of five goals per game.
This includes the Arjen Robben and Muller-inspired 7-0 aggregate win for Bayern in the semi-finals in 2013 and a Messi and Neymar masterclass in the last four two years later as Barca floored the Germans.
But this game tops the lot and will last long in the memory as a showcase of two sides now operating in different stratospheres.
Bayern's brilliance and risky high line, Barcelona's crippling frailty but still potent attack - it all ensured that a goalscoring chance was never far away and the ball in the net a high possibility from each.
Such has been the quality of these sides in the three previous knock-out ties, the winner of each went on to lift the trophy, and you would not put it past Bayern continuing that trend.
They have ripped through the competition, scoring 39 goals and conceding just eight in the process of winning all 10 of their matches. The eight they scored on Friday is the most a side has scored in a European Cup tie since Real Madrid beat FC Wacker Innsbruck 9-1 in a last-16 tie in 1990-91.
This is on top of the nine they won post-lockdown to claim an eighth straight Bundesliga title and the two that gave them the German Cup.
The hiring of Hansi Flick - initially on an interim basis but now permanently - now looks like a masterstroke by the Bayern hierarchy.
In a short space of time he has built a Bayern side that is every bit the match of their impressive predecessors, constructed around a positivity that makes Jerome Boateng and Alaba playmakers from the back, Davies and Kimmich as much wingers as full-backs and Lewandowski, Muller et al a seamless attacking unit unmatched on the continent.
Whichever of Manchester City or Lyon win on Saturday have a monumental task on their hands next Wednesday.
Game over for this Barca side
Barcelona's dismantling on the pitch in Lisbon will surely now proceed major restructuring work off it before next season.
This was not just a defeat, it was a humiliation. A first defeat by a six-goal margin since a 6-0 loss to Espanyol in 1951. Their first concession of eight in a match since an 8-0 defeat to Sevilla in 1946.
The average age of their starting XI on Friday was 29 years and 329 days, the oldest they have ever named for a Champions League tie.
Only Messi and goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen have regularly performed to the level expected of a Barca player this campaign and question marks now hang over most of their team-mates.
One man whose time is now surely up is manager Quique Setien, who has overseen the club relinquishing the La Liga title to fierce rivals Real Madrid and now a European defeat like no other.
His starting XI was conservative, with the attack-minded Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele (both nine-figure signings) and Ivan Rakitic left on the bench, and one that practically screamed its reliance on some magic from Messi or Suarez.
But such a brilliant duo can only bail their boss out so many times.
Before the game, Arturo Vidal, who started in midfield, proclaimed his former side Bayern were facing "the best team in the world".


Bayern second only to Real Madrid for semi-finals
Bayern Munich have reached their 12th Champions League semi-final - only Real Madrid have done so more often (13).
Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski became the first player to score in eight or more consecutive Champions League matches since Cristiano Ronaldo in April 2018 (11 games).
Barcelona have been eliminated in the quarter-finals of the Champions League for a fourth time in the past five seasons.
Bayern Munich have won their last 19 matches in all competitions, a record run in German top-flight football in all competitions.
Bayern manager Hans-Dieter Flick became only the third manager in Champions League history to win his first six matches in charge, after Fabio Capello in 1992-93 and Luis Fernandez in 1994-95.
Barcelona have lost six Champions League matches against Bayern Munich - two more than against any other side.




UEFA Champions League 2020, Barcelona vs Bayern Highlights: Bayern Munich progressed to the semifinal stage of the UEFA Champions League after defeating Barcelona 8-2 on Friday at the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon.

Despite taking an early lead through Thomas Muller, Bayern conceded within the seventh minute through a David Alaba own goal. By the 31st minute, they were leading the Catalan club by 4-1 after goals in quick succession from Ivan Perisic, Serge Gnabry and Muller again. In the second half, although Luis Suarez cut the deficit a bit with a left-footed finish, Bayern inflicted pain on Barcelona again. Joshua Kimmich and Robert Lewandowski scored from inside the box, before Philippe Coutinho scored two in the final minutes of the game.
  
LIVE BLOG
Barcelona vs Bayern Munich Highlights:
02:24 (IST)
15 AUG 2020
How times have changed
02:22 (IST)
15 AUG 2020
FT: Barcelona 2-8 Bayern Munich
There's final time whistle and Bayern Munich progress to the semi-final of the competition. For Barcelona though, it was an absolute humiliation. One of the historic nights where the Catalan giants were mauled by a superior Bavarian side. Muller and Coutinho scored twice, while Perisic, Gnabry, Kimmich and Lewandowski each grabbed a piece. Next up for Bayern, either City or Lyon who play tomorrow.

02:18 (IST)
15 AUG 2020
89' COUTINHO AGAIN!
Coutinho scores his second from inside the box from a Lucas Hernandez cushioned header. Quique Setien and Lionel Messi are bewildered, and even Hansi Flick can't believe what he is seeing. This is unbelievable.
02:14 (IST)
15 AUG 2020
86' COOOUTINHOOOO!
This is just getting humilating for Barcelona now as their loaned out midfielder has just scored against them.
02:11 (IST)
15 AUG 2020
83' LEWANNDOOWWSSSSKKIIII!
THAT MAN! HAD TO BE! After an engrossing passing play, Coutinho skins Semedo on the left wing and just dinks the ball over the defence with his left foot and the ball finds Lewandowski's head.
02:03 (IST)
15 AUG 2020
75' Double change for Bayern
Niklas Sule and Philippe Coutinho come on in place of Serge Gnabry and Jerome Boateng. Interestingly, Coutinho is on loan from Barcelona itself.
01:58 (IST)
15 AUG 2020
70' Fati comes on
Ansu Fati replaces midfielder Sergio Busquets.
01:51 (IST)
15 AUG 2020
63' KIMMMMMIIICH!
WHAT AN ASSIST BY DAVIES! Alphonso Davies, the 19-year-old Canadian left-back dribbles past the entire defence, especially Nelson Semedo, to just play simple pass to Joshua Kimmich. The left back to right back.

01:45 (IST)
15 AUG 2020
57' SUUUUUAREEEEEZ!
WHAT A SENSATIONAL EFFORT! Hello, hello, is the comeback on here in Lisbon? Suarez shows what he has in his locker as he dupes Boateng and gets past him to score a lovely left-footed finish past Neuer.

01:42 (IST)
15 AUG 2020
54' Bookings galore
After Davies was booked for a foul, Suarez is fouled for a foul on Thiago.
01:38 (IST)
15 AUG 2020
50' Bayern on song
Bayern have started the second half as they had finished the last one, as Perisic and Goretzka have both threatened the goal already.

01:32 (IST)
15 AUG 2020
46' Substitution for Barcelona
Antoine Griezmann comes on for Sergi Roberto for Barcelona.
01:22 (IST)
15 AUG 2020
A shaky Barcelona so far
Barcelona concede four goals in the first half of a UCL match for the first time ever.
01:18 (IST)
15 AUG 2020
HT: Barcelona 1-4 Bayern
Bayern Munich have looked like elect champions tonight, as without getting Lewandowski on the scoresheet they have a three-goal lead. Muller scored twice, and Perisic and Gnabry got one each... tormenting Ter Stegen with every chance. Setien's side has been shambolic at the back, but up infront they have been wasteful too with their only goal coming from an Alaba own goal.

01:12 (IST)
15 AUG 2020
Can Bayern repeat themselves?
In the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League campaign, Jupp Heynckes' Bayern had defeated Pep Guardiola's Barcelona 7-0 in two legs of the semi-final. The way Hansi Flick's team is playing... they are certainly looking to be in the mood to repeat history.
01:02 (IST)
15 AUG 2020
31' MULLLLLEEERRRR!
FOUR NOW! It's very simple from Bayern -- Kimmich gets the ball on the right flank and plays a low cross and Muller just taps it in past Ter Stegen. He is the first player in Champions League history to score six career UCL goals against Barcelona.
00:58 (IST)
15 AUG 2020
27' GNAAAAABRYYYYY!
ANOTHER ONE! Barcelona's defence is in shambles in Lisbon now as Thiago's pass cuts through their defence and finds Goretzka. The German midfielder just lobs it above the head of Lenglet and finds Gnabry, who does the rest with a low right-footed finish. Bayern are running away with the game here!
00:52 (IST)
15 AUG 2020
21' PERRRIIIIIISIC!
WHAT A SHOT! Another blinding Bayern buildup ends up being a potent attack as Gnabry brings the ball through the centre of the park and after giving Pique the mickey, he passes it to Perisic on the edge of the box. The Croatian takes the ball on his left foot and fires it past Ter Stegen with a lot of power. The Germans are ahead again.
00:46 (IST)
15 AUG 2020
12' Bayern, Barca go toe-to-toe
After a couple of near-misses from Barcelona -- Suarez's failed chip and Busquets' missed header -- Bayern Munich has again regained control here as Davis swings a brilliant cross inside the Catalan box. This match can end 6-6 for all we know.
00:39 (IST)
15 AUG 2020
7' BARCELONA EQUALISE!
What a game we have here! After Pique played a ball to the left-wing to Alba, the left-back's quick cross is misread by an incoming Alaba, who puts the ball inside his own goal past a hapless Neuer! Game on!







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