The result of this match confirmed what has been coming for a long time. It confirmed the official demise of an institution from one of the Europe’s premier clubs to a club that can’t even make the knockout phase of the Champions League. The decline has been of their making I am afraid, making the same mistake that Leeds United and Portsmouth made. They spent way too much on players’ wages banking on the windfall from Champions League and merchandise sales. Then Coronavirus hit and they were found out. They posted a loss of about EUR481 million for 2020 meaning they had to part with some of their best players like Greizmann and MESSI to try to balance the books. Now they are forced to rely on several young inexperienced players, some good , some clearly out of their zone at this level of competition. They have turned to one of their favorite sons, Xavi Hernandez to salvage the season whose coaching experience is suspect having only taken charge of Qatari side Al Sadd for two seasons.

They began this match as they left off in the first encounter at Camp Nou, on the backfoot. Ter Stegen looked shaky, his stray pass straight at a Bayern player in the 4th minute caused Busquets to commit a professional foul which earned him a yellow card. He had to walk a tight rope for 80 plus minutes. The German keeper was culpable for letting in Sane’s long range swerver for the second goal. There were some sporadic attacks from the catalans but the gulf in class in terms of finishing was evident. Just two shots on target in anger the whole match for FC Barcelona. Watch Dembele’s atrocious finish on 20 minutes. Thomas Muller was again superb for Bayern ,ably playing the role of the withdrawn striker off Lewandolski. Watch the Muller goal, I love Lenglet he is alert to Muller’s danger and points it out to Mingueza who ignores him anyway. In truth the scorel ine should be more than 3-0, with some easy chances missed by Bayern. Coman was predatory down either flank interchanging that either side with Sane. FC Barcelona head to the Europa League for the first time in 17 years. If it wasn’t for the fact that Dynamo Kyiv was that bad, it could have been worse for La Blaugrana . A change of the guide is inevitable with the likes of Pique, Busquets and Ter Stegen way past their best.