Barcelona dropped to the Europa League after suffering a 3-0 defeat at Bayern Munich on Wednesday night
Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller has reflected on his team’s latest victory over FC Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League. The German international ironically said that the Barcelona players are great players both technically and tactically despite dominating them in Wednesday’s fixture.
Muller opened the scoring on Wednesday’s encounter as Bayern defeated the Spanish giants to condemn them to the Europa League. Muller’s goal was also the eighth he has scored against the Blaugrana in just seven encounters.
Reflecting on the match, the 32-year-old told DAZN that while the Spanish side has great technical and tactical players, they are lacking in their intensity to perform during big games.
“I think Barça can’t cope with the intensity. Technically, they have it all, they are great players tactically and technically. But they can’t cope with the intensity in top football,” Muller explained.
Wednesday’s defeat means that Barcelona dropped to the Europa League, the first time they will be playing in Europe’s second-tier competition since the 2000/01 season. A competition that new Barcelona boss Xavi says he is pissed off with but is now the reality of the Spanish club which they must cope with.
Xavi said in his post-match comments: “I’m p***** off. This is our reality and it p***** me off. But we have to face it. There’s no other way. Today a new stage begins and we start from scratch.
“Our goal is the Champions League, not the Europa League. We have to work hard. I don’t like the word failure, because we have tried. I love this club and I will give my life to make it work.”
Bayern Munich have consistently bettered Barcelona in recent years, with Wednesday’s victory the third in a row the Bavarians have secured. In the last three games, Bayern have scored 14 goals and conceded just two in fixtures against the Catalan club.