Barcelona vs Bayern | With goals from Sadio Mane, Eric Maxim Chuopo-Moting, and Benjamin Pavard, Bayern Munich defeated Barcelona 3-0 at Camp Nou. The Catalans took off knowing that Inter’s 4-0 victory over Viktoria Plzen in the early kickoff had already eliminated them from this season’s Champions League.
After 10 minutes, Mane broke free of the Barcelona defence and snuck a finish past Marc-Andre ter Stegen as Bayern piled the misery on the visitors.
Just after the halfway point, Chuopo-Moting extended Bayern’s advantage as Bayern once more found it simple to close the gap on Barcelona.
When Matthijs de Ligt was handed a penalty for a foul on Robert Lewandowski inside the box in the penultimate minute of the first half, it appeared as though Barcelona had been given a lifeline. However, VAR reversed the judgement.
Serge Gnabry’s third Bayern Munich goal was disallowed by VAR once more before the Bavarians sealed the victory in stoppage time when Pavard converted a Gnabry shot that had been mishit.
Barca is once more vulnerable in the Champions League
Barcelona has been a strong defensive squad at home, allowing just four goals in 11 La Liga games under Xavi. However, the Champions League has proven a different story, as Barcelona has given up 10 goals in just five games.
Barcelona’s defence has been far too easily penetrated by opposition teams, as shown by the first two goals scored by Bayern Munich in this game.
When it comes to the Champions League, Xavi might need to reconsider his high defensive line.
Chuopo-Moting provides balance for Bayern.
Barcelona vs Bayern Chuopo-Moting, a former Stoke City forward who was formerly considered a squad member and backup option at the Allianz Arena, has recently emerged as a vital player for Bayern Munich.
The second goal of the game was scored by Chuopo-Moting for Bayern, but Julian Nagelsmann will undoubtedly be most satisfied with the way the Cameroonian gives his side balance in the attacking third of the field. Chuopo-Moting is currently a member of Bayern’s strongest XI, albeit it might not be a long-term answer.
The key to Nagelsmann’s Bayern is Musiala.
In terms of attacking alternatives, Bayern is spoiled for choice, but Jamal Musiala has perhaps become their most crucial player this year.
The 19-year-old is essential to what Nagelsmann is constructing because of the additional dimension his mobility gives the German champions in the final third of the field.
Barcelona might have outnumbered Bayern in the middle of the field without Musiala, but the young player was eager to go deep and assist. He was also the first to move forward and assist Chuopo-Moting, displaying Musiala’s abilities once more.