Bayern romp… again!

Bayern romp… again!

And I am back to the game- the jaw dropping, unbelievable rout of Barcelona by Bayern Munich.

Like many of you, I too thought Barcelona just didn’t show up during the first leg, but they would rectify the mistakes they made a fortnight ago. How wrong I was.

Of course, it would be premature to think Barcelona are a spent force. However, they did seemed so over the two legs, looking horribly average. In addition to lack of spirit and no plan B, a series of comical errors and bad judgement contributed to their 3-0 loss at Camp Nou.

Barcelona began the match without “the greatest player in the world,” as put by Vilanova. After his good performance against Bilbao, many expected him to lead mission impossible. But that wasn’t to be. Conflicting reports emerged about his appearance on the bench- “he wasn’t too fit” while others said “he wasn’t going to be risked because the tie was already over.”

For Barcelona to give up- that is most disappointing. Yes- 4-0 is not the easiest of deficits to overturn. However, going down fighting gives you pride.

That is to take nothing away from a brilliant performance by Bayern yet again. Their willingness to fall back and move forward as a team was phenomenal. Unlike Barca, they pressed hard when they were chasing the ball, giving Barcelona a hard time on it. Their unified approach was simply brilliant.

For Barcelona,their pitiful performance should serve as a kick up the rear side. They have been successful over the last few years, but such a comprehensive defeat should ring some alarm bells. For all their class and superiority, they must never be bossed like that.

As for Bayern, their rise has been noticeable over the last few seasons. The balance between experience, youth and hunger is just right, augmented by a lot of quality. They have been a force all season- evident in the manner in which they wrapped up the Bundesliga. The only way is up. They deserve to win the competition.

I say this not because they overpowered Barca 7-0, but because bar the Arsenal defeat, they have been superb. I know many of you will compare it Dortmund’s unbeaten streak in the Champions League. However to some extent, they have been almost over-reliant on Lewandowski. They play well, but more often then not, Lewandowski has been their target man for goals.

The Bundesliga champions take on rivals Dortmund in an all-German final. Who would have thought it?

At this moment, the words of Guardiola and Ferguson echo in my head; “Champions League is a cycle through which all leagues will eventually dominate.”

Could we be witnessing a German dominance in the years ahead?

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