Barcelona was eliminated from the UEFA Champions League at the group stage due to Inter’s victory over Viktoria Plzen at home on Wednesday night.
As a result, Barça will advance to the Europa League for a second straight season after finishing third in their group.
Then, on Wednesday night at Camp Nou, a heavily rotated Bayern Munich team defeated Barcelona.
Bayern’s three goals—Sadio Mane, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, and Benjamin Pavard—were enough to humiliate a Barca team that had already been eliminated from the group stage due to Inter’s earlier victory over Viktoria Plzen.
Bayern seized the lead at Camp Nou within the first 10 minutes, adding more misery for Barcelona following their Champions League elimination. Mane raced into the penalty area and calmly chipped the ball over Marc-Ander ter Stegen due to Serge Gnabry’s superb drilled-through ball into his path.
Choupo-Moting’s goal made it 2-0 at the halfway point. The regular sub was put through on the right of the penalty by Gnabry.
After controlling with his first touch and firing the ball low and into the bottom right corner of the goal with his second. The game began as a dead rubber and as some accidental condemnation of this Barca side.
Bayern send Barcelona to the Europa League for the second year in a row 🥴 pic.twitter.com/q8xndNCGCo
— 433 (@433) October 26, 2022
The Champions League exit is a big financial blow for Barcelona
Financial strain has put a lot of pressure on them to perform well on the field and make as much money as possible.
They will have planned on making the quarterfinals, so failing to advance from the group stage will be a massive blow to them. They will need to find alternative solutions, like selling some of their higher-paid players during the January transfer window.
Barcelona still has a chance to take home a trophy. They can surely win the domestic cup and still have a chance to win the league.
And why not the Europa League? Yes, this may temporarily undermine their confidence. Still, by the time we go back from the World Cup, things will be completely different.
The critiques of Xavi have diminished throughout the last few games, and for the time being, they have been put to rest.
Xavi admits Barcelona could not compete with Bayern Munich
Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez reflected on Camp Nou’s sad and gloomy atmosphere after another 3-0 loss to Bayern Munich and their elimination from the Champions League.
“They have been superior; we have not yet attained their level. We were there in Munich, but they were better and more intense today.”
“The elimination psychologically impacted us. We will work out and consider LaLiga tomorrow. There were enormous expectations, and our group was challenging.”
“Anything that might have occurred did. It’s been quite brutal. Today, we didn’t compete very well. We know that every scenario that could have happened to us has.”
🚨🎙️| Xavi: “We did not even compete with Bayern Munich today, they were a level above us.”
— Managing Barça (@ManagingBarca) October 26, 2022
“I know failure is discussed outside, but we conduct distinct research internally. First, we haven’t reached the level because of inadequacies in our performance or faults.”
“We were also cruel to exit the competition by waiting for a game to end. After, we feel. We deserved more, in my opinion, if we looked at the other games.”
Nagelsmann lavishes praise on Bayern after Camp Nou’s success
The 3-0 victory over Barcelona on Wednesday at Camp Nou, according to Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann, allowed his team to “throw down a marker.”
According to club media, Nagelsmann stated, “The way we approached the game gives us a genuine boost.”
“We were very enthusiastic. Barcelona wasn’t anticipating it. We committed one or two fouls, but that’s expected when playing away from such a talented football team.”
“We played well and patiently, especially in the game’s opening quarter.”
“After that, things got a little frantic, but we scored three goals without taking a shot at the goal, which is very impressive. We made a strong and sincere defence. The group placed a marker.”