"It will be an interesting game to draw conclusions about where we are at," Ronald Koeman had said. The answer, as they suspected, was far from the teams aspiring to win the Champions League . For now, at least. Thirteen months later Barcelona were again beaten by Bayern Munich. It wasn 't eight, but it wasn wasn't great either. Two goals from Robert Lewandowski and one from Thomas Mullercompleted a 3-0 win, but it wasn't even about the numbers, it was about feeling overwhelmingly superior.
The Bayern finally came to this victory, the last minutes were played to the fans here, ironically applauding a ball thrown around the stands rather than a ball passed around the pitch, of which there was not much importance . As for shots on target, there were none at home. The game had eluded Barcelona for a long time; they had only been there very briefly. Bayern were just too good, perhaps predictably.
S There wasn't much optimism upstream - Lisbon weighing, realism too - at the start of what was to turn out to be a long evening, there was unexpected enthusiasm. The Camp Nou was loud and momentarily surprised by what they witnessed - Memphis Depay falling in.ur receiving, Jordi Alba eager to run, Sergi Roberto turning around and hitting the first real blow over the bar - but those first signs of life didn't last long.
Bayern grabbed hold of it and quickly established themselves firmly inside half of Barcelona, around their zone and often inside. While there weren't many clear chances it was like that o espouses Bayern's willingness to wait and not force him more than Barcelona's ability to keep them at bay. .
Sane was quick on the left, Musiala entered gracefully on the right, and Leon Goretzka crossed a growing gap in the middle. The nerves grew too, a grim realization. An assimilation of inferiority perhaps.
There was a shyness about Barcelona now, as they largely focused on their own protection. Forced to retreatr, Pique, Araujo and Garcia all had to make interceptions, while Ter Stegen repelled a shot from Sane.
When the goal came after half an hour , the arrival was happy but the movement was not. Memphis had lost possession on one side and Bayern had done so on the other. Sixteen passes later, the last of them was swapped between Davies, Sane and Goretzka to leave Pique, Araujo and Sergio Roberto out of position and Muller on the edge of the box.
Eric Garcia turned his back on him and the shot went from him and into the net. Araujo then had to intercept again as Sane headed for the surface almost directly from the kickoff.
The same has happened since then. kick off at the start of the second half. A neat one-two between Sane and Lewandowski saw the former Manchester City striker shoot at close range, aloneEspecially for Ter Stegen to lean over and make a superb save with a combination of hands and feet.
Barcelona sank in, Luuk De Jong returning to help the nine players within a meter of their surface and arriving just in time to take a close look at the second goal scored. This time Musiala hit the post and Lewandowski extended a boot to guide the rebound into the net.
There were whistles now, and again like Sergio Busquets and Sergi Roberto have been withdrawn. Luuk de Jong, Sergi Roberto and Garcia followed, not so much punished as a recognition that this game was already gone. The requests made to the men - the children - who came were pretty straightforward, at least from the fan's point of view: rebel a little, try something.
Gavi, 17, and Yusuf Demir, 18, were warmly greeted by supporters hoping to see in them a little hope for the future. Coutinho too, who was on the other side on the night of 8-2 and received applause for a blocked shot.
Alejandro Balde, another teenager, joined them when Alba had to retire. There was a brief spark, then Bayern reclaimed their rights, Lewandowski literally leaving Pique to the ground for the third. Barcelona had been there for a while.