Barcelona's first defeat against post-Lionel Messi era was devastatingly inflicted as Bayern Munich claimed a 3-0 victory at Camp Nou. Do not record a single target shot in their first data Champions League game Without its Argentinian talisman, Barcelona were swept away by the German champions. Optimists may point out that the score line was a improvement on that infamous 8-2 in the quarter-finals suffered by Bayern last year, but even if this result marked a point of crisis in this new age of Barça, so the club is still among the rubble. Thomas M uller 'sd The thoughtful strike for Game 1 was an unfortunate way to fall behind, but the rift between the two teams was evident throughout. If it hadn't been for goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Bayern could have come close to the overwhelming score of the Last year, though even his exploits could not have prevented the irrepressible Robert Lewandowski from scoring a brace that brought his tally to 75 in the Champions League. Read more 'We are who we are ' Having slipped in a desperate attempt to stop Lewandowski from scoring his second of the game, photos of Gerard Pique key to many Barcelona grea test the triumphs, watching helplessly from the ground as the Polish striker shot at home served as a painful encapsulation of the club's current state. Pique remained at Camp Nou despite the departures of key players such as Neymar and Luis Suarez in recent years.n years, not to mention Antoine Griezmann and Messi this summer, and after the game the center-back was blunt in his assessment of Barcelona's recent struggles. The result is tough and playing at home is a bad result , we can't lie to each other, Pique told Spanish channel Movistar. This is what it is, right now we are who we are he added. Robert Lewandowski scoring his second of the match and third for Bayern. Pique referred to the absences of young Ansu Fati, as well as winger Ousmane Dembele and new signing Sergio Aguero, who arrived from Manchester City this summer. IJ 'hope that throughout the season, injured players will start to come back and I'm sure we'll end up doing well. It's going to be a very complicated year, he continued. At the moment we are not favorites, but things are changing very quickly in the soccer. Last season, no one would have said that Chelsea were favorites [to win the Champions League]. With 17-year-old substitute Alejandro Martinez, one of the many teenagers on the pitch at the end of the game, Pique found reason to be optimistic about the future despitehis acceptance of the current challenges facing the club. I think at the end of the day we played with four to five 18-year-olds, he told CBS. I think they compete incredible and we have to invest in them, they are the future of the club. It 's true that it ' s not the best time since I have been here, we have a suffered little but I think we will grow up we will be better and I am sure at the end of the year we will compete for the titles said Pique. 'That's it that it ' Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman echoed his defender's comments in accepting the club's current state, admitting a quality gap between his and Bayern. Dutch coach Koeman looks on during his team's 3-0 defeat. We have only had three forwards today, no more. Tactically, there were a lot of phases of the game that we controlled. We have tried to fill in the spaces pAfter Lewandowski, we tried to compete better, but that 's what it is, Koeman told Movistar. I can't complain about our attitude. There is a difference in quality, in the team, as a group and bench which is improving. In two or three years, these young players will be better. It's really hard to accept, but it is what it is, he concluded. In the meantime, Messi is set to embark on a Champions League campaign without Barcelona for the first time in his career as Paris Saint -Germain take on Club Brugge in Belgium tonight. A quadruple winner with Barcelona, Messi will seek to guide PSG to glory European , the trophy still escaping the French giants despite huge financial investments.