Bayern Munich earned another spectacular victory over Barcelona on Tuesday, defeating the Spanish team 2-0.
Barcelona signed Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski this summer, but the German club continues to tease the Blaugrana with or without him.
The talk of a new era, fueled by the arrival of Lewandowski, will be put on hold, even if the Catalans were far better than in previous meetings. They were in command for much of the first half, but were far too wasteful in front of goal.
Bayern Munich has crushed Barcelona in recent years, from the legendary 8-2 victory to a pair of 3-0 defeats last season, and Xavi’s team was silenced once more at the Allianz Arena.
Lucas Hernandez seized the momentum with a header early in the second half, while an absolutely dazzling finish from Leroy Sane sealed Barcelona’s fate.
Xavi Hernandez acknowledged he was disappointed after his Barcelona club was defeated 2-0 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday.
After such a promising first 45 minutes, Xavi spoke out about what had gone wrong for his squad.
“We can’t let them off the hook so much. I’m leaving here pretty hacked off because this was a night to win. But I’m also feeling proud of the team,” he said.
“However it’s about winning and we’ll need to compete better in crucial moments like the two goals and to be more effective when we create chances.
“No way should our rival be allowed to score from a failure of marking at a corner when we have the match under control. Or to score down the middle on a counter attack. We must learn from these mistakes.”
Striker Robert Lewandowski missed several good chances on his return to his former club and Xavi felt he might have been feeling the occasion a little too much.
“It wasn’t Lewandowski’s day. He played with too much emotion and wasn’t as clinical as he usually is,” he added.
“It’s impressive what Barcelona have done in the last year. After the goal, the energy levels dropped. But it wasn’t a clear win for Bayern, the game could have also finished a draw.
“We made six or seven big goal chances but missed them and Bayern took their opportunity. We competed, we played very well and had we scored it would have been a completely different match.”
There’s no doubt it’s a disappointing game for Barca and one that will leave the team wondering just what might have happened if they had taken some of the chances they created in the first half!