On the other hand, the Barcelona players have suffered from everything at the moment, and this suffering was evident on their faces even before the game started. “We are a weak team,” Messi declared even after the embarrassing loss to Osasuna that eliminated the chance to keep the crown in Spain and gave the championship to Real Madrid. In the struggles against the management, the captain’s voice was heard more and more during the season, but on the pitch he broadcast defeat yesterday, like everyone else. The flea provided a number of decent break-ins in the first half, but his eyes went out when Bayern started to run over. In the second half, he did not even fight for the balls he lost. There was no shock on the players’ faces, but mostly acceptance of the fiasco. They played like a weak team. They felt a weak group. Even Mark-Andre Ter Stegen, the bright spot throughout so many games in recent seasons, has lost the hallucinatory number of balls with appalling dedication. At times it seemed that Barça simply invited the opponent to score as much as possible. Had the Bavarians’ utilization rate been better, it would have ended up in the top ten.
After amazing results of this kind, the question is always asked – what was more influential? Was the winner particularly good, or was the loser particularly bad? Yesterday it is difficult to choose between the options, because both are correct. Bayern is the best team in the world today. Barcelona is a thoroughly destroyed club in need of rehabilitation.
They both replaced unloved coaches in the middle of the season. Bayern dumped Nico Kovac in November and hit a bull with the phenomenal flick. Her main problem really was in this position. The staff was excellent, the club itself was healthy, and the right point change led to the creation of tremendous positive momentum. Barça sacked Ernesto Valverda in January to replace Stein, and that did not work despite being a pure and unassuming cruiser, but for her the big problem is somewhere else entirely.