Ronald Koeman looks to the future after humbling Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich

Barcelona faced Bayern Munich at Camp Nou tonight, a re-run of the 8-2 defeat they suffered in Lisbon in the quarter-final Champions League back in August of 2020. They’ve fallen on hard times as they embark on life post-Lionel Messi, and suffered a comprehensive 3-0 defeat at the hands of their German visitors. They quite simply couldn’t compete.

Ronald Koeman started Marc-Andre ter Stegen in goal, behind a back three of Eric Garcia, Gerard Pique and Ronald Araujo, flanked by wing-backs Sergi Roberto and Jordi Alba. Sergio Busquets sat in midfield with Pedri and Frenkie de Jong either side of him, while Memphis Depay and Luuk de Jong led the line.

 

Barcelona fans, not exactly on the same page as UEFA, loudly whistled the Champions League anthem pre-match, and their team struggled to assert themselves on the game. Thomas Mueller put Bayern ahead in the 33rd minute before – surprise, surprise – the unstoppable Robert Lewandowski doubled their lead four minutes short of the hour mark. The Polish marksman then grabbed his second and Bayern’s third in the 85th minute.

“The system? We had three forwards available,” Koeman said post-match. “Of course we would have liked to have competed better, but this is what we had. I can’t say anything about the team’s attitude; [Bayern] have been superior tonight. This is the squad we have alongside very good young players, who in two or three years will become very good,” he continued.

 

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9 Comments

  1. Felipe La Bomba says:

    I thought I had read, just recently, that Koeman had been patting himself on the back and bragging that he was the one responsible for the current success of the Azul y Grana! I really liked Koeman as a player, but not so much as a Head Coach. I first started following and liking Barça beginning with the Koyhan Cruyff era in 1973. I was a young U.S. Marine stationed in Rota, Spain and discovered the beautiful game.

    !Viva el Betis monque pierda!

    1. Mohamed labista says:

      Ronald koeman is not a better coach for barca, he coaches out passion and familiarity. If d president elected wants to destroy barca like d former president then continue with this koeman. Koeman has never won any big competitive match for barca and u allow him to destroy d club for us. We are no longer enjoying barca football since koeman grab d responsibility. Y do we need to support barca now when we have lost our style of playing. B4 even barca lost game but we enjoyed d style of play. If u wish to come and destroy barca for us u will never succeed by God’s grace, u shall fail and not d club.

      1. tony odunukwe says:

        barca under koleman will continue to retrogress,he has no technicality as a coach

  2. Felipe La Bomba says:

    Joyhann

  3. Felipe La Bomba says:

    Johan Cruyff

    (good grief, where’s the edit button? ha!

  4. tony odunukwe says:

    Barca under Koeman will continue to retrogress,he is not technically sound,but really how did barca employ a coach that failed at everton and expect him to rebuild a team like barca.

  5. samuel says:

    that coach really need to be sake please, i just don’t understand his style football at barka

  6. Abdulmalik Inuwa Abubakar says:

    Hey we have only one problem in Barcelona Koeman he is just trying to destroy our team
    Because he has a lot of selfish there are many players that deserve to play but he made them sensesles they have Barcelona dna like rique piuq he is a good player

  7. simon shuler says:

    Pique old and slow same as Sergio B., de Jong played without energy. They all need to be replaced. Puig must play full time. Style to keep the ball does not work anymore. Learn from Bayern Munich. Good luck.

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