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Champions League: Barcelona vs Bayern Munich – Five Talking Points

Bayern Munich vs Barcelona
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The carnage was over the hills and far away as Bayern Munich dismantled their quarterfinal fixture of the Champions League against the Catalan giants. Bayern Munich registered the biggest win in a Champions League knockout game whilst Barcelona slumped to their worst defeat in this tournament. This game left the internet buzzing with opinions and memes, but here are the five talking points from yesterday that stand out.

#1 Ter Stegen falters again in the Battle of the German No.1s

Marc Andre Ter Stegen has long been the primary challenger to Manuel Neuer’s No.1 jersey with the German national team. In his time with the Catalonian giants, he has steadily and consistently shown himself to be one of the best (if not the best) goalkeepers in the world surpassing Neuer at a club level ever so often.

This, unfortunately, wasn’t the case on Friday night as he had his worst game in a Barca shirt, he consistently gave the ball away while trying to play out from the back. The likes of Kimmich, Thiago and Davies had a field day collecting the ball 30-40 yards from the goal and breaking on the brittle Barcelona defense. This performance would have done Ter Stegen’s chances for the Euros no good and it will be a big test for him to come back from this performance next season.

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#2 Ageing Barcelona are in a Desperate Need for an Overhaul

With an average age just a few days shy of 30 and with their best players in the team all above 30 (barring De Jong), Barcelona have sleepwalked into this catastrophic situation. The club has spent over 1 billion euros since 2013 and have got nothing to show for it on their roster at the present moment.

What is even more astounding is the fact that their 3 most expensive signings were on the bench and that one of them was on loan for Bayern. The fact that Coutinho scored 2 and set up one is such a damning indictment of where this once great club has fallen. The likes of Rakitic, Vidal, Suarez, Pique, Semedo, and Busquets have to be seriously evaluated because a lot of their performances have simply not been good enough. If this slide isn’t checked then one would wonder as to how long would Messi keep carrying the burden?

#3 Bayern Munich under Hansi Flick look unstoppable

Bayern Munich had a terrible start to the campaign and looked like an old and past it team under Niko Kovac. They were lacking the drive, creativity and freedom of expression on the field. This all changed the moment Flick took over the reins, they have been the form team in Europe especially since football has returned post lockdown.

They won the Bundesliga at a canter and have been ruthless in their performances. It seems as if under Hansi Flick the Bavarian club has struck gold and with the likes of Leroy Sane joining the club next season the only way for them seems to be up.

#4 Alphonso Davies is the best Left Back in the world

Davies was a teenage prodigy who had the best clubs in the world vying for his signature, Bayern did very well to get the Canadian wonderkid on their books. He started the season as an exciting right winger playing the odd game and getting some substitute appearances.

The turning point in his season came when Bayern suffered injuries in the centre-back position and Alaba moved into the left centre-back role. This allowed Davies to play as an ultra-attacking left-back who is also an excellent defender with incredible ability on the ball. His assist for Joshua Kimmich completely summed up his game in one move, the spectacular ball control, the nous to beat players one on one and then to set up the perfect ball was mesmerizing.

#5 Bayern Munich have the Best Selection of Wide Players in the World

The Wingers and wing-backs on the books of Bayern Munich as a collective are probably the best in the world. With the likes of Gnabry, Perisic, Coman, Kimmich, Davies, Alaba and now with Leroy Sane joining in, the pace on the counter is simply too overpowering for any team. The fact that 4 of the 6 mentioned are in their early 20s makes it an even more exciting prospect for the Die Rotten fans.

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