The Champions League met almost all of the eight finalists on Wednesday, but Barcelona is not among them. The big Catalan club lost 0:3 to Bayern Munich and finished third in Group E behind Paform 100% and Benfica Lisbon in second place.
Barcelona will not play the knockout stage of the prestigious European competition for the first time since the 2003/04 season. At that time, she did not even advance to the Champions League and, after sixth place in the domestic competition, fell into the European Cup, where Bischoff blocked her way in the first round and drew with him 1:1 on September 24, 2003 in Trnava. She succeeded in revenge 8: 0 and became the final round of 16 against Celtic Glasgow.
The Catalan team did not advance directly from the Champions League in 2000. At that time, Milan and Leeds United were outpacing them. Then they lost to Liverpool in the UEFA Cup semi-finals. “They were better than us, they outdid us. We tried to push them and take their balls, but they quickly showed us their strength and took the duel under control. We are starting a new era, from scratch. We have to work hard, Barcelona has many things in this situation. This is our reality.” I can’t say anything else.” Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez said, according to uefa.com and the Associated Press, after the loss to Bayern Munich.
Catalan captain Sergio Busquets, who knows that the match on the empty stadium in Munich did not determine the fate of the Barcelona people, did not look for excuses either. “Of course we are very disappointed. We can blame ourselves for this situation. If we had more points, we wouldn’t be in them. In the first two meetings we didn’t play well.” I confess.
Among the three scorers for Bayern Munich was Thomas Muller, who scored the 50th goal in the Champions League. The first German to achieve this goal in the competition. “It’s a beautiful thing, but I still have a few football matches ahead. My goal was a classic, with a header after Robert Lewandowski’s heart. Obviously this team can always get up against Barcelona.” Mueller said.
The Bavarian coach can also feel satisfied after the meeting. “We played against an opponent with a big name. However we didn’t let him do anything, we dominated.” Julian Nagelsmann said.
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