Hamann, Mendieta & more: Twitter reacts as Bayern thrash Barcelona

Dietmar Hamann and Gaizka Mendieta both tweet their thoughts after Bayern Munich secure a 4-0 victory over Barcelona in the first leg

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Lionel Messi was powerless to prevent a 4-0 loss in Munich Photo: Back Page Images

Bayern Munich took a big step towards a third Champions League final in four years after a 4-0 victory over Barcelona in the first leg of their semi-final.

Thomas Mueller scored either side of half-time, while Mario Gomez and Arjen Robben both netted to put the newly-crowned Bundesliga champions in control of the tie.

Here is the best of the Twitter reaction from the professionals, past and present, to a memorable night in Munich.

Ajax forward Ryan Babel (‏@RyanBabel) enjoys Mueller’s celebration for the opening goal: “A real German celebration #Mueller lol!”

Stoke City striker Michael Owen ‏(@themichaelowen) isn’t surprised to see Munich so dominant: “Munich are a well-oiled machine. Great to watch a team that are so well drilled.”

Former Chelsea midfielder Jody Morris (‏@morriskid) would happily welcome Alex Song to the Blues next season: “Whoever thinks Song is s**t must have forgotten his last few seasons for Arsenal..Massively underrated player in my opinion!!”

Reading striker Jason Roberts ‏(@JasonRoberts30) loves how the German side are set up: “Bayern’s mix of passing is amazing..don’t press they pass you to death! Press..and they can go long..or break quickly..plan..A, B & C!!”

West Brom midfielder Steven Reid (‏@stevenreid12) appreciates the old school striker with so many false number nines around: “Gomez is such a goal hanger #oldskool”

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany (‏@VincentKompany) is surprised by Barcelona’s lack of creativity: “Bayern really looking strong here. Surprised Barça can’t manage to create any chances. Not over yet though.”

Former Bayern midfielder Dietmar Hamann (‏@DietmarHamann) is struggling to remember a more dominant display: “Don’t think you can play much better than Munich did in first 60 minutes #outstanding”

Swansea winger Wayne Routledge ‏(@WayneRoutledge) is impressed by another speed merchant for the third: “That is soooooo good from #Robben”

Former Barcelona striker Gary Lineker ‏(@GaryLineker) can’t believe Mueller wasn’t called out for a foul on Jordi Alba in the build-up: “Shocking piece of refereeing to miss Alba getting Mullered!”

Ex-Barcelona midfielder Gaizka Mendieta (‏@GaizkaMendieta6) agrees: “Why do they have an extra official? At least, two of three goals shouldn’t have been allowed! First goal was clearly offside & second Alba was blocked!”

Marseille midfielder Joey Barton (‏@Joey7Barton) calls on clubs to study Bayern: “Thomas Mueller. Game over. Anybody who isn’t copying what happening at Bayern Munich right now, on an off the pitch, is already playing catch up. This is the club now.”

Arsenal fan Piers Morgan (‏@piersmorgan) would be happy to see the Bayern manager replace Arsene Wenger this summer: “Arsenal should make Jupp Heynckes an offer he can’t refuse to take over next season. He’d get us back on top again.”

And finally, former Barcelona forward Luis Garcia ‏(@LuchoGarcia) is gracious in defeat: “Nothing to say, Bayern were too much today, great game by the German team.”

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