Jupp Heynckes’ newly crowned Bundesliga champions produced a magnificent performance laced with power, intensity and quality to give the Catalan superstars a mauling they will surely find impossible to avenge in the Nou Camp next Wednesday.
This was Barca’s worst defeat in Europe since they were beaten by the same scoreline by Dynamo Kiev in 1997, and no team has lost the first leg of a European Cup tie by four or more goals and progressed to the next round.
Barca coach Tito Vilanova gambled and lost on a clearly unfit Lionel Messi – but to suggest this was the prime factor behind this crushing loss is to do a grave disservice to Bayern.Thomas Mueller gave Bayern an early lead and their superiority was confirmed when Mario Gomez added a second just after half-time.
Former Chelsea winger Arjen Robben tormented a desperately vulnerable Barcelona defence, adding a third before Mueller got his second near the end to surely put this tie out of even Barcelona’s reach.
And all this on the day Bayern wielded their power in the transfer market again byannouncing a £32m deal for Borussia Dortmund’s brilliant 20-year-old Mario Gotze – heady days indeed for the German glamour club once dubbed “FC Hollywood”.
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