The Spanish media is hard for FC Barcelona, which was sentenced to Europa League football after the defeat at Bayern Munich. Frenkie de Jong and Memphis Depay also get along.
‘Miracles don’t exist in Munich, ‘headlines Sport following the Barcelona deception in Germany. ‘Barcelona, sentenced to the Europa League, was dominated from start to finish by a German team that only half stepped the accelerator pedal. Xavi tried to surprise Araújo as a right back and Dest as an outside player. The experiment failed miserably. ‘
‘Müller, Lewandowski, Coman and Sané saw Barça as an easy prey to devour. They were undoubtedly heading for the Catalans‘, says Sport, which briefly thought of Barcelona’s historic 2-8 defeat against Bayern in 2020. “The worst was feared: the 2-8 flew across the Allianz Arena.” It didn‘t come that far for Barcelona, which nevertheless ran into a huge disappointment. ‘3-0 and farewell to the Champions League for Barça. The wonder of Lisbon didn‘t come either.”
Marca is not positive about Frenkie de Jong and Memphis Depay’s performance. ‘The Dutch international has not yet scored in the Champions League (for Barça, ed.) and the team waited against Bayern for its goals, ‘says the medium about the latter. “He barely got balls. He was locked up lonely. Missing. Powerless. Desperate.”
For De Jong, Marca is slightly milder. ‘The Dutchman, who got rest against Real Betis, returned to the lineup. He tried to combine and pull the defensive block apart. However, he lacked conviction and offensive determination. ‘
‘FC Barcelona will play the Europa League from February, ‘Mundo Deportivo starts right after the Catalans‘ game against Bayern. “It snowed all the game and it was a few degrees below zero: a totally unusual climate that made the Barça job even more difficult. Barcelona isn’t mature enough. The team still has a long way to go to compete with the best clubs. Xavi has a lot of work ahead.”
MD sees that Barça started reasonably in southern Germany. From the twentieth minute, however, that changed. ‘Barça went down against a Bayern, which had no pity. The miracle had to come from Lisbon, but he didn’t come there either. ‘
“Barça is no longer part of the elite,” the hard conclusion of AS is. “Barcelona had no chance of a miracle in Munich, where the club lost to Bayern again. The Germans again made the feeling that they didn’t want to humiliate anyone. ‘
‘The last twenty minutes could become an eternal memory for Barcelona, but Nagelsmann chose to change. As a result, Bayern eventually played with a youth team against a team that had even less experience,” concludes the sports newspaper.