Football news - Robert Lewandowski at the double as Bayern Munich hammer Barcelona at Camp Nou
Champions League Group E, Camp Nou – FC Barcelona 0 FC Bayern Munich 3 (Muller 34’, Lewandowski 56’, 85’)
BARCELONA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 14: Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Munchen celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Champions League group E match between FC Barcelona and Bayern München at Camp Nou on September 14, 2021 in Barcelona, Sp
It means Müller has scored more goals against Barca than any other player in Champions League history with his seventh in six appearances versus the Blaugrana.
BARCELONA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 14: Thomas Muller of Bayern Munich celebrates with teammate Alphonso Davies after scoring their side's first goal during the UEFA Champions League group E match between FC Barcelona and Bayern Muenchen at Camp Nou on September
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Barcelona handed a debut to Luuk de Jong but he failed to make an impression alongside the peripheral Memphis Depay as the hosts struggled to test Manuel Neuer throughout a one-sided affair.
The second goal was inevitable and it arrived on 56 minutes when Lewandowski touched in the rebound from Jamal Musiala’s shot against the post.
A repeat of the 8-2 quarter final humbling in the 2020 quarter finals was never on the cards but the Bavarians did add to their margin of victory when Lewandowski poached his second of the evening five minutes from time.
Bayern boss Julian Nagelsmann will be delighted to maintain a positive start to his first campaign in charge while Ronald Koeman got an unwelcome dose of the reality off-the-field financial issues have had on his squad in terms of making them competitive at the very highest level.
Next up in Group E, Barcelona travel to Benfica while Bayern host Dynamo Kyiv on Wednesday September 29.
'We were playing against one of the great teams' - Nagelsmann on win over Barcelona
Impressive Bayern sink sorry Barca. Koeman had spoken of how he could use Bayern as a barometer of where his team stand and he should be worried on this evidence. Yes, the Catalan side were without the likes of Sergio Aguero, Ousmane Dembele and Ansu Fati but it’s hard to suggest it would have made that much difference. They were a clear second best for long spells against an opponent who didn’t need to hit major heights to notch up a routine win.
There was obviously no Messi for Barca in a competition that he graced so marvellously at the Nou Camp and they lacked the creativity and attacking swagger that was usually invoked by his mere presence. The absence of attacking intent of what is largely a pragmatic team will have only hammered that home even further to the supporters in the stands and the Opta stats at the foot of this report make damning reading. It may have been a solid start in La Liga but at the highest level Barcelona appear to be wanting and the off-the-field mismanagement that headlined the summer months will surely have a negative impact on what they can achieve in Europe this season.
As for Bayern, they are looking strong under Nagelsmann and with such a wealth of talent to call upon you can expect them to top this pool and be among the major contenders for the Champions League trophy once again.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich). There were periods in which Bayern seemed to toy with Barca and simply controlled the match. When the ball dropped in the area, the Pole came to life and he helped himself to a clinical double that sealed the victory.
BARCELONA, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 14: (BILD OUT) Robert Lewandowski of Bayern Muenchen celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Champions League group E match between FC Barcelona and Bayern Muenchen at Camp Nou on September 14, 2021 in
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BARCELONA: Ter Stegen 8, Araujo 6, Pique 6, Garcia 6, Busquets 6, Sergi Roberto 6, Frenkie de Jong 6, Pedro 6, Jordi Alba 6, Luuk de Jong 5, Depay 6. Subs: Demir 6, Coutinho 6, Mingueza 6, Gavi 6, Balde 6.