- Barcelona suffered another humiliating night in Europe, losing 3-0 to Bayern
- This is one of their weakest sides ever and it’s hard to see things improve
- Koeman and his players admit there may be more nights to come
- Barca are in trouble at the moment and a million miles away from the club they were in
- They were always going to struggle after Messi, but it was so terrifying and worrying
There was a moment in the second half at Camp Nou when Ole cries! Can be heard behind a target. But it was not like the old days when Barcelona revolved around dizzying rivals. It was just a fan in one tier of the old stadium throwing the ball to the fans in the other tier. Instead of watching the game, they were playing catches in the stands.
It was terrible out on the pitch. As a Spanish radio presenter said after the game: Barca’s campaign in Europe this season is either going to look too long or too short – they will either stumble until they meet the top side in the knockout stages, Or maybe they won’t even get away. Maybe the Europa League has hinted.
Ronald Koeman and Gerard Pique roll out the line ‘It ain’t it,’ after playing more than what Robert De Niro did in the movie ‘The Irishman’. But what more can they say after the weakest Barcelona team in recent history lost their first Champions League match of the season 3-0 and failed to score a single shot on goal – something that hasn’t happened before this century Was. it’s him; And what is it, not very good.
Barcelona were beaten and shamed by Bayern on their own patch on Tuesday night
It was such a poor performance, you wonder if Barcelona will even make it out of their group
After Lionel Messi, everyone expected Barcelona to be inspirational but it was even worse. The performance was one to cast doubts over whether the five-time European Cup winners would be dropped from their group.
Beyond the ‘it’s what it is’ line, both Koman and Gerard Pique tried to be positive by talking about the return of Ousmane Dembele, Anu Fati and Sergio Aguero from injury.
Barcelona will certainly be a different proposition with all three of them, but Dembele has missed almost 50 percent of games as he is at Barcelona, Anu Fati is recovering from an injury that ruled him out for last season and Sergio Aguero. were absent for most. He joined Manchester City last season and ‘unavailable’ at Barcelona before playing a single competitive match for the club after signing him this summer.
Fati may return by October and the other two in November, but if relying on him is the solution to Barca’s problems then the light at the end of the tunnel isn’t particularly bright.
Ronald Koeman had no answer for the devilish performance after Barcelona’s 3-0 loss
Robert Lewandowski ran the show, twice as a major Bayern riot at the Nou Camp
Koeman is taking Cain the morning before the night, but it’s hard to see what else he can do after the Summer Fire Sale, the failure to keep Messi, and the long injury list leaving him with a threadbare squad. Last night they ended the game with four teenagers on the pitch, forcing the late Barca B players to be called.
Most supporters want a different coach and president Joan Laporta agrees with him. The only problem is that no one knows who should be the replacement or where to find the money to hire him and fire Koman.
Xavi would be the obvious choice but Laporta is even less convinced that it is the right time for him to take the job as he is by Koeman, whom he had somewhat undermined over the summer by publicly looking at potential options.
Sergio Roberto was dropped in the second half as a substitute but he feels like a strange man to aim for. When Barcelona made their biggest comeback in the Champions League in 2017 with a 6-1 win over PSG, home-scoring players are hardly the club’s biggest problem.
Barcelona will always miss Lionel Messi, but this loss was due to several reasons
Joseph Demir (right) was one of four teenagers Komen had to turn on Tuesday night
Barca were bullied in the press, and without money and lots of injuries, it’s hard to see things get better anytime soon.
It is true that Barcelona want to extend his contract, but he intends to go free in 2022. But the mess Barcelona are in for a variety of reasons is way too long on the list.
A headline at El Mundo Deportivo on Wednesday read: ‘Bayern oblige Barca to accelerate revolution’. But how do they do this? With no money to spend and last night’s team being young, there is little to suggest that the players being bowled are now ready to make a difference.
Supporters will not accept the resignation shown by Koman for long. Soon they’ll ask for a different type of resignation or if he doesn’t jump he’ll be pushed.
Failing to do so would shed light on President Joan Laporta, who had created a bubble of positivity and enthusiasm over the summer, showing that he was convinced Messi would stay and then failed to deliver.
The incredible thing about last night was that it wasn’t about Messi’s absence, it was about Barcelona’s absence.
Joan Laporta (above) agrees with fans that Koeman should go, but doesn’t know who to go in
Barcelona will be strong when Sergio Aguero (left) and Anu Fati (right) return, but they can’t count on them to solve their woes