Our 3️⃣ points as Bayern ease to win and Barça make unwanted history

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Padraig Whelan

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Bayern Munich got their Champions League campaign off to the perfect start with a ruthless victory in Barcelona on Tuesday night.

Barcelona 0
Bayern Munich 3
Full time

This is what we made of it.


Entirely expected

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The main takeaway from this one is that Bayern Munich going to the Camp Nou and leaving with a comfortable win is that it was completely predictable.

Anything other than a win for the German champions by a decent margin would have been a shock – and that’s with a new coach at the helm.

Julian Nagelsmann wasn’t around for the 8-2 but at times this contest felt just as dominant and easy for Bayern, albeit without enjoying the same amount of success in front of goal.

They were better all over the field and could have won it by more, while being completely untroubled defensively.

It has been the case for some time but these sides are now moving in opposite directions at an alarming pace.


Müller time

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Thomas Müller has scored better goals in his career than the opener here.

In fact, he’s scored better goals in this fixture down the years than his deflected first half strike.

But his seventh goal in six appearances against Barcelona makes him their biggest nemesis in Champions League competition.

No player has scored more, with Andriy Shevchenko closest to him on the list with five.

In addition to that, he has also provided two assists, making him a huge thorn in the Catalans’ side.

Good luck coming up with a plan to stop him for the game in Bavaria, Ronald.


Making the wrong kind of history

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There isn’t anything to be pleased about from a Barcelona point of view.

If you really want to search for the silver lining, it was good to see academy products like Gavi, Yusuf Demir and Alejandro Balde get Champions League minutes but that’s really looking for it.

For the first time since Opta began recording such statistics almost two decades ago, they failed to register a single shot in target in a home game in this competition, while it is the first time since at least 2009 that applies to all competitions.

That’s Barça. At home. In Europe. Unthinkable just a few short years ago.

The ugly scenes even spilled over into the stands too, with Sergi Roberto visibly upset at being whistled off the park – in a game in which he was playing in a more unfamiliar wing-back role and which forced Gerard Piqué to launch a strong defence of him afterwards.

All isn’t well in the Catalan capital.