A status of big favorite more than ever confirmed: Bayern Munich, by outclassing Lionel Messi's FC Barcelona on Wednesday 8-2 in the Champions League quarter-final, delivered a new football lesson, asserting itself as the team to beat in European competition.
Too strong, too fast, too powerful. Like the indestructible Thomas Müller, spearhead of the Bavarian steamroller with a brace (4th, 31st), Bayern once again displayed their unmatched strike force since the resumption of competition.
After dominating the opposition in Germany with a cup-championship double and sweeping Chelsea in the previous round (3-0; 4-1), the German giant continued against Barcelona his unbeaten streak in the Champions League this season, for a record of nine victories in nine matches, 39 goals scored against 8 conceded. Quite simply monstrous.
Far from a “final before the hour”, this classic against Barça turned to the demonstration from all points of view, a bit like the 7-1 triumph of Germany against Brazil at the 2014 World Cup.
“During the 7-1 in Brazil we had not had so much control, we had been good, of course, but tonight, we were brutally dominating”, savored Müller .
This humiliation risks precipitating the dismissal of Quique Setién on the Catalan bench, after a catastrophic season from start to finish. The greatly weakened President Josep Maria Bartomeu has promised “decisions” in the coming days.
“A horrible match. A bad feeling. Shame ”, reacted the Catalan defender Gerard Piqué, stunned at the microphone of the Spanish channel Movistar. “We have hit rock bottom. “
– First fatal half hour –
This is the first time since 2007 that no Spanish club has reached the C1 semi-finals. And whenever Bayern and FC Barcelona have faced each other in the knockout stages of a European Cup, the winner of that duel has gone on to win the competition. A happy omen for the Bavarians?
With such supersonic start to matches, symbolized by an opening of the scoring in the 4th minute, PSG, Leipzig, Manchester City and Lyon, the last opponents still in the running, have in any case big worries to be done.
On a block, Ivan Perisic finds Müller at the entrance to the area, who succeeds in a beautiful sequence: after feigning the volley, the German world champion manages to lean on Lewandowski, caught in a vice in the area, to regain the left instantly. Unstoppable!
But a dramatic twist in the process. Bayern briefly put their opponent back in the match when Alaba, wanting to remove the ball promised to Luis Suarez, saw his defensive tackle turn into a goal against his side (1-1, 7th).
After this happy equalizer, Suarez could have given the advantage to his team in the wake (9th) … just like the center-shot of Messi, who finished on the post of the German goalkeeper (10th)!
Two big chances in trompe-l ' eye, however, both Bayern monopolized the ball and dominated the proceedings.
– Doubled by Müller… and Coutinho –
And by increasing the pressure, the Bavarians ended up finding the fault following a ball recovered in the opposing camp then transformed by Perisic, from a powerful shot from the left that Ter Stegen (2-1, 21st) could not deflect.
The lesson continued with the 3rd goal signed Gnabry (3-1, 27th) then the fourth , synonymous with Müller's double, more aggressive than Clément Lenglet to cut the center of Joshua Kimmich (4-1, 31st).
Enough to fold the case in half an hour of play, and inflict on Barça their worst defeat in European competition.
Si Suarez scored the goal of hope after returning from the locker room (4-2, 57th) on an individual feat, Alphonso Davies quickly extinguished dreams of “remountada.”
After an incredible number on his left side where he caught Nelson Semedo cold, the lateral supersonic sank into the surface to address a center back perfect for Kimmich (5-2, 63rd).
The former Barcelonan Philippe Coutinho, author of a perfect cross for Robert Lewandowski (6-2, 82nd) after his entry, concluded the recital with an express double (7-2, 85th; 8-2, 89th). Ninth class actions of a one-way game.
yk / smr / jed / jde
© Agence France-Presse