Simply under 13 months after that historical 8-2 demolition in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal, Barcelona and Bayern Munich were back at it– this time for the smash hit Matchday 1 Group E clash of the 2021/22 project of the competition.
A couple of things altered after that, most especially for Barcelona who saw brand-new supervisor Ronald Koeman taking charge, Lionel Messi leaving, and a couple of more noteworthy departures occurring consisting of those of Luis Suárez and Antoine Griezmann, both of whom went to Atlético Madrid.
Bayern’s core team, on the other hand, stayed fairly the same, however, crucial protectors Jérôme Boateng and David Alaba left while the similarity Dayot Upamecano and Marcel Sabitzer can be found in from RB Leipzig, in addition to brand-new supervisor Julian Nagelsmann.
Still, old injuries stayed unlicked, and a huge fight was set to occur in Barcelona. The 22 main individuals were called an hour prior as ever, and there was yet more intrigue in the hosts’ camp as they seemed releasing a 3 centre-back system for the very first time this season.
6 of the beginners from that historical quarterfinal maintained their locations, while the rest were either not Barcelona gamers any longer or, in Clément Lenglet’s case, hurt. Bayern, on the other hand, kept 7 of their gamers from that video game together with their chosen 4-2-3-1 development.
For that reason, practically half of the males on the pitch in this match were various and both dugouts had brand-new supervisors, yet the majority of the main styles in this video game appeared all too familiar. Bayern continued to definitely control both with and without the ball, while Barça kept triggering their own issues and really looked miles far from their challengers in all elements of the video game.
The only genuine distinctions this time were that every half-dangerous Bayern shot did not enter, while Barcelona in some way handled to look much more toothless in attack– not even signing up a single shot on target.
Tactical problems were not the greatest issue for the house side on the night, however they definitely did exist– most especially defensively. They mainly beinged in a 5-3-2 mid-block …
… however wanted to press high up the pitch when Bayern had the ball in their own box. There were significant issues with their structure.
To Start With, Ronald Koeman hesitated to press his wing-backs too expensive for worry of being captured out, specifically on the right where Alphonso Davies transcended both technically and in regards to speed versus Sergi Roberto. (Surprisingly enough, Davies appeared to be Bayern’s preferred outlet anyhow). Bayern were quickly able to produce mathematical overloads in the middle of the park by asking one of their enemies to drop deep when Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka were marked by Pedri and Frenkie de Jong.
All of this added to a total catastrophe of a high block, where Barcelona were hardly able to cut off one passing choice and continuously yielded shift after shift, where Bayern’s exceptional specific qualities took the spotlight.
There were numerous of such attacks yielded that we might go on throughout the day dissecting them, so it’s finest that we proceed.
The pushing stage is likewise where the distinction in tactical class was highlighted most– while Koeman’s side had a hard time to shut down even simply the Bayern midfielders, Julian Nagelsmann had actually Barcelona caught deep in their own half with ease.
The German champs turned belongings over in Barcelona’s half a tremendous 17 times, strongly hemming their challengers in near to their own objective.
This is generally the pattern the whole video game followed– Barcelona stop working to play out from the back and either lose the ball in an unsafe scenario or more frequently punt it long, Bayern then distribute it around the back prior to slicing through their hosts with ease, and rinse and repeat.
In fact, the visitors rarely left 2nd equipment at finest, however they just did not need to. Whatever they did– press high up the pitch, play through Barcelona’s defence or perhaps integrate in the last 3rd– appeared to be so extremely simple and easy that a person may have quickly misinterpreted this for a training session.
If anything, this match just showed precisely how far the magnificent have actually fallen in Barcelona’s case, and how that 8-2 mauling was not a bad day at the workplace however in truth long past due. Even worse yet, the Catalan giants appear to still be decreasing the ever treacherous slope, and it is exceptionally challenging to inform when or perhaps if they will ever reclimb those marvelous heights they as soon as revealed the world.
Sergio Agüero when said the words ‘various gravy’ throughout his Manchester City days, which completely encapsulates Barcelona’s position in contrast to the genuinely elite clubs on the planet today. Their present gravy is poisoned beyond redemption, so their only hope can be to begin preparing a brand-new one.
Duplicates courtesy WhoScored.