After Barcelona’s hard defeat against Bayern Munich at the Camp Nou itself, the former Bavarian general manager, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, said that without Lionel Messi they took Barça’s soul and that it is no longer a top team in Europe.
Barcelona’s 3-0 defeat to Bayer Munich at the Camp Nou at the start of the Champions League group stage revived all the ghosts of what happened in Portugal when the Germans overwhelmed them, winning 8-2.
The Catalans were much inferior to the German champion and could not even finish off the goal, something that impacted the media of the Old Continent.
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, former Bayern CEO and German club idol, bluntly stated in conversation with Bild TV that “Barça is no longer going to be, for the moment, a top team in Europe. In this match Barça has sent a signal to Europe: it is no longer going to be, for the moment, a ‘top’ team among the ‘top’ teams of Europe”.
In that sense, the two-time Ballon d’Or winner stated that Barcelona without Lionel Messi is something else.
“Without Messi, Barcelona have ripped the soul of his game”, ensuring that for the Spanish team there are hard times where “they face difficult times.”
Also adding that “the Spanish League has scored an own goal without Messi.”
Regarding the match, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge believes “Barça has always been known as a team that squeezes, that plays on the attack, but this time we saw how Bayern was tactically superior for at least 75 minutes”.