Whereas many had the Catalans as underdogs in opposition to Bayern, a Barcelona aspect that included the nice Lionel Messi, in addition to membership legends Gerard Pique, Sergio Busquets and Luis Suarez, have been anticipated to place up a struggle.
However the Germans ran riot in Lisbon, due to braces from Thomas Muller and Philippe Coutinho, inflicting a file defeat on Barcelona.
“I did not anticipate such a disappointing efficiency from the very membership I’ve supported my complete life. I hope all this occurred for purpose, and the board fixes its points with the president, the membership’s switch insurance policies, and finds a supervisor that matches Barcelona’s caliber.”
Regardless of giving its followers some temporary hope by drawing at 1-1 within the seventh minute, as soon as Bayern retook the lead simply 15 minutes later, the consequence by no means appeared doubtful.
Barcelona’s insistence — and lack of ability — to cross the ball out from the goalkeeper in opposition to a ruthless Bayern urgent system end in aim after aim.
“Whereas Barca didn’t carry out, Bayern have to be given credit score for the sport they performed. It was world class soccer,” Barcelona fan Ali Mir defined.
Whereas Bayern appeared like a nicely drilled, bodily match workforce, Barcelona appeared like an ageing assortment of people too closely reliant on the magic Messi can typically summon.
“This isn’t the primary, nor the second, nor the third time,” Pique instructed Movistar after the sport. “It is onerous, it’s extremely onerous, and I hope it counts for one thing.
“And nicely … we should all replicate now, the membership wants modifications and I’m not talking of the coach, nor the gamers. I don’t need to single out anybody. I feel structurally the membership wants modifications, as a result of as I mentioned it isn’t the primary, nor the second, nor the third time.
“No person is important. I am the primary to supply myself if new blood has to return and alter the dynamic. As a result of now we’ve hit all-time low. And nicely … now all of us need to replicate internally on what’s finest for Barca, which on the finish of the day is crucial factor.
“A membership like Barca have to be on the prime, profitable and competing. We have gotten to a degree the place we can not disguise anymore which is mirrored on the sphere. What occurred at present is unacceptable for a membership like Barcelona.”
The street forward
So, what now for the five-time Champions League winner?
Whereas the membership is legendary for its productive youth system — which produced gamers akin to Xavi and Andres Iniesta — the route from academy to first workforce has stagnated, because the membership focuses on big-name signings as an alternative.
And with an ageing squad — six of Barcelona’s beginning XI over the age of 30 — there are some critical query marks in lots of elements of the membership, on and off the pitch.
There are widespread reviews that the supervisor Quique Sétien — who lower an exasperated determine on the touchline throughout the defeat — will lose his job quickly, whereas numerous costly gamers might be on the way in which out.
“There are some choices that we had already made, and others that we’ll make over the subsequent few days. Bulletins shall be constructed from subsequent week, we have to make choices after issues have calmed down. In the present day is a day for reflection. Tomorrow we are going to attempt to increase our followers’ spirits following such a heavy defeat.”