For Julian Nagelsmann, the start should have been the beginning of something big. In any case, the 34-year-old coach replied refreshingly frank when asked whether Bayern were among the favorites for the title in the Champions League. “If we keep playing like this in the group stage, we will hopefully get into the knockout phase. That is the first goal, “said Nagelsmann and then added:” If we develop further, we will be one of the favorites. We definitely try to be one. “
Bayern, with new signing Marcel Sabitzer from the 82nd minute, laid the foundation stone for progress in the group with Benfica Lisbon and Dynamo Kiev as further opponents in the first European outing under Nagelsmann. Barcelona presented themselves shockingly harmless. The hosts lacked Messi’s “certain special things”, as Nagelsmann said: “A great player broke away.”
Barcelona appeared honest and later had to put up with subtle whistles from their own fans. Yusuf Demir came to the field after an hour. In addition to the 18-year-old Viennese, coach Ronald Koeman also relied on the 17-year-old Gavi and the 18-year-old Alejandro Balde for his substitutions. “You have to be realistic. Our young players have shown that we have a future, and some players come back after injuries. That’s the way it is, ”said Koeman. The opponent was too strong for his team, the Dutchman analyzed relentlessly. “Bayern is one of the favorites to win the Champions League. We ran into problems soon. ”The Spanish press saw Catalans without a chance. “The ball no longer serves him (FC Barcelona), just running after him and praying that the goals conceded don’t pile up,” wrote the newspaper “El Mundo”.