Bayern boss size, Lewandowski still finishing but also a Barça defense at bay and a non-existent De Jong. Here are the tops and flops of the “shock” between Barça and Bayern (0-3).
Nagelsmann’s tactic worked perfectly on Tuesday night. By ordering his players to use pressing at all times, the young German coach has got it right. If the Catalans’ technique allowed them to get by in the first quarter of an hour, the Bavarian force logically took the upper hand during the meeting. The Barcelona defense had a hard time reviving and therefore putting their game down. The distance duel between Koeman and Nagelsmann undoubtedly turned in favor of the German.
Lewandowski, who else?
Relatively quiet in the first half, Robert Lewandowski woke up after the break and that changed everything. The shouting lack of efficiency of his teammates, like Sané, sometimes had to give him white hair … The Polish striker, him, once again justified his status as the best center-forward in the world with a double (56th and 85th). Author of his 74th and 75th goals in the Champions League, the Bavarian number 9 is a little more in history.
Young people full of promise
If the executives failed at Camp Nou, the young Barcelona guard has, on the contrary, shown beautiful things. While they could have liquefied by the stake, young Demir, Gavi and Balde entered this match with enthusiasm, envy and personality. Like a symbol, the slight improvement came from these men, unknown to the general public. The poor performance of their elders, once again confirmed, if necessary again, that the dreaded end of the cycle has indeed arrived in Catalonia. Like an Ansu Fati, absent this evening, the salvation of Barça will have to go through the youth.
Barcelona executives have collapsed
Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Sergi Roberto, or even Gérard Piqué. Names that have so many times made the heyday of Barça, have completely sunk. The tauliers are no more than the shadows of themselves. In great difficulty throughout the match, especially Pique, the main culprit on Lewandowski’s first goal, they were all replaced during the game. And as a symbol, it was young people who took their place. Messi gone, the golden age of Catalan legends seems well and truly over.
Luuk De Jong, the comparison hurts
Transferred to Barça in the last moments of the transfer window, Luuk De Jong completely missed his baptism of fire with his new club. The Dutchman went through this Champions League match like a lost soul. Ghostly, he absolutely did not influence the meeting. Not an opportunity to bite into. The comparison with the opposing striker clearly does him no credit. A match to forget for Koeman’s protégé.