MUNICH (Sporting Alert) — Bayern Munich put the mighty Barcelona to the sword in their Champions League semi-final first leg clash at the Allianz Arena.
A brace from Thomas Muller and one goal each from Mario Gomez and Arjen Robben gave the German champion a commanding 4-0 lead, despite Barcelona dominating most of the possession.
“This team has dominated Europe over the last five years,” Robben said about the Barcelona team. “If you beat them like this, I think you can be proud.
“It’s incredible and hard to believe. We can be proud.”
Barcelona defender Gerard Piqué also admitted that the Spanish champion were no match for the home side tonight.
“They gave us a thrashing,” the disappointed center-back said.
Lionel Messi struggled to get going on the night and was often seen coming deep for the ball. He admitted that Barcelona were no match for Bayern Munich, adding that it was a “disgrace.”
“They were much stronger than us, they were physically superior,” Messi revealed. “What’s happened is a disgrace, but we have to keep going.
“We have to pick ourselves up for the return and for the league, where we want to be champions. We have to fight back.”
Barcelona assistant coach Jordi Roura said: “It’s a painful defeat. All the players are devastated and down.
“We’ll try and do better in the return. We’ll fight until the bitter end.”