Barcelona Fc suffered a rare Champions League defeat when they lost 8:2 by Bayern Munich in the quarter-final match. Quique Setien, the Barcelona coach, cut a forlorn figure as he watched his side got torn apart by the mesmerizing Bayern Munich side.
The match started in a high tempo, and the first two goals arrived in the first ten minutes. Muller poked in the opening goal four minutes into the game after collecting a pass from Lewandoski. In a quick response, it was 1-1 as Alaba mistakenly guided a cross from Jordi Alba into his net three minutes later. From then on, it was Bayer Munich all the way.
Barcelona played awfully game. They were out-played, out-ran, and out-muscled for the remainder of the first half which ended 4-1 in the German Champion’s favor. The second half started with a burst of life from Barcelona as the reduced the deficit to 4-2. Interestingly, this ignited some hope of a possible comeback, but Bayern Munich had other ideas. They ruthlessly scored another four goals to end the match 8-2 to their advantage. With the victory, Bayern will now meet Olympic Lyon who defeated Manchester City 3-1.
Most of the discussion surrounding the game will center on Philippe Coutinho. The Barcelona striker, who is currently on loan at Bayern Munich, came into the game and destroyed his parent team. With his introduction in the 75th Minute, the Brazilian international provided one assist and scored two goals.
Coutinho’s performance asks many questions which includes why the Barcelona Hierarchy wants to offload him. Speculations are rife about his future and reports have it that Barcelona is willing to let him go for a cut-price. A player they spent about 140m Euros to buy just two seasons ago from Liverpool.
Although Coutinho refused to celebrate any of his goals, the goals nonetheless rubbed salt into the injury of the humiliating defeat Barca suffered. Bayern Munich is the first team to score eight goals in a Champions League knockout match. By that logic, Barcelona is the first team to concede eight goals. One more embarrassing stat indicates that Bayern Munich scored more goals (8) than Barcelona had shots (7) in the game.
Over the years we have seen Barcelona dismantle many teams. Tonight, they were at the end of a heck of a beating. It isn’t enjoyable. Barcelona changed the face of football with their Tiki-Taka that overwhelmed teams. That heritage is up in the air now signaling an end to an era. Bayern put them to the sword, and Lionel Messi was nowhere near his best to rescue them.