Bayern Munich have had the Bundesliga title sewn up for months and have taken another huge step towards a historic treble thanks to a 4-0 victory over Barcelona.
The German side took the lead against the Spanish giants in their Champions League semi-final first leg in the 25th minute at the Allianz Arena. Thomas Muller nodded them in front with his 18th goal in all competitions this season and it was exactly what Bayern deserved for a bright opening.
Mario Gomez had the simplest of jobs to knock in the second just after half-time as Barca proved how vulnerable they are in a game of ‘heads and volleys’. Arjen Robben, who was unrecognisable after spending 90 minutes passing and tackling, slotted a third past Victor Valdes as Jordi Alber was flattened off the ball.
The free-scoring Germans weren’t finished there and with less than ten minutes to play Muller slid in his second from close range to all but put Barca out of the Champions League.
Barcelona look out of sorts on a pitch that has been watered enough to slow down their passing game, but not watered enough to aid Sergio Busquets‘ diving. Lionel Messi has been largely anonymous but unfortunately the same can’t be said for Adrian Chiles who still bumbled through some vague analysis before and after the match.
The thought of Chiles trying to prevent Roy Keane ripping Gareth Southgate’s tongue out while making some ‘hilarious pun’ about German efficiency is soul-crushing. That ITV panel is just a Mark Lawrenson away from causing serious depression amongst football fans.
So to save you watching their analysis on the highlights watch these lovely GIFs of the Bayern goals.