Barcelona 0 Bayern Munich 3: Three lessons from a Camp Nou demolition
Barcelona 0 Bayern Munich 3: What lessons did we learn as the German champions booked their place in the final in style?
Spanish football will bounce back
Barcelona created eight chances in the first half, none of which were put away. Even if Lionel Messi had been on the pitch, it’s hard to think that the Argentine wizard would have finished one of those opportunities given Bayern’s superb defending. Over the two legs, Barça were outplayed in all departments. The Catalan side were slow, predictable and they lacked a plan B. As soon as Arjen Robben’s goal curled in, the semi-final was over and Bayern had both feet firmly in the Wembley showpiece. A fully fit Messi would no doubt have made some sort of impact on the tie but the way Jupp Heynckes’s side snuffed out the threat of Barça would have made life extremely difficult for the Argentine. Barcelona will probably pick up their 22nd La Liga this weekend, but the fallout from this defeat will have a long-lasting effect. The Catalans and Spanish football will bounce back from this and will one day rise to the summit of European football again. But this year belongs to Germany.
A potential treble, the imminent arrival of Pep Guardiola and fantastic financial stability could see Bayern Munich dominate Europe for many years to come – much like Barcelona have done in recent times. Their domestic supremacy, along with their effortless 7-0 aggregate victory in this semi-final, are both examples of the sheer power they have shown on the pitch. Guardiola will inherit an immensely talented squad and the former Barça boss could create another footballing dynasty. Mario Götze’s arrival from domestic rivals Borussia Dortmund will no doubt improve an already-formidable squad. The signing of the 20-year-old for over £31m will allow Guardiola to implement his false number nine formation which he favoured while at Barcelona. As well as Götze, the former Camp Nou supremo will no doubt have more transfer targets on the horizon. Dortmund’s Robert Lewandowski and Liverpool forward Luis Suárez are among the many names linked with the German champions. The way things are looking for Bayern, who wouldn’t want to join them?
A one-sided final awaits
So Bayern Munich will face Borussia Dortmund in the first all-German Champions League final. Wembley awaits arguably two of the biggest sides in Germany, but it may not produce the classic everyone is anticipating. Bayern and Dortmund have clashed three times this season, with Heynckes’ side winning twice and Dortmund leaving Munich with a point in the league. Jürgen Klopp’s side welcome Bayern Munich to Signal Iduna Park on Saturday for a Champions League final dress rehearsal. Based on Munich’s domestic and European form, it’s hard to imagine Dortmund leaving Wembley with their second Champions League trophy. After their defeat to Chelsea in last year’s final, Bayern will be looking to make amends. No doubt they will have learned from that defeat and they won’t want to taste it again. Their 7-0 aggregate win over Barcelona would have been unheard of this time last year. Dortmund could find themselves on the receiving of a Munich demolition.