Bayern Munich eased past Barcelona in their first match in the Champions League on Tuesday as they scored three unanswered goals.
On the way into the game, all the talk was about how Bayern Munich had destroyed Barcelona the last time the two sides played.
Although there was not much to suggest that a Barcelona team without Lionel Messi could match Bayern Munich, the way the Bavarians won was impressive.
Julian Nagelsmann’s side hardly broke a sweat as they relied on a Thomas Muller strike and a Robert Lewandowski brace to pick up a 3-0 away win.
Several Bayern Munich players impressed at night. So without further ado, let’s take a look at the top five players from the German side against Barcelona.
Bayern Munich’s 5 best players from their 3-0 win over Barcelona at the Camp Nou
# 5 Dayot Upamecano
Dayot Upamecano put a dominant display behind Bayern Munich as he barely let anyone pass him.
Although Barcelona threatened to insert some early passes behind Upamecano and the high Bayern Munich defensive line, the Frenchman handled it without much effort.
The Dutch duo Memphis Depay and Luuk de Jong had some early possession. However, they failed to bother Upamecano, who comfortably intercepted everything that came to him.
With speed and physique up his sleeve, the 22-year-old already looks like a really good buy. He finished the match with four tackles, four interceptions and a 89% success rate.
# 4 Leon Goretzka
Leon Goretzka again looks like the monster Hansi Flick created when he led Bayern Munich to the treble in the 2019-21 season.
The former Schalke midfielder never stopped running and pressing the Barcelona players when they had the ball. He put a persistent display in the middle of the park alongside Joshua Kimmich.
Goretzka’s pressure led to Bayern Munich winning a lot of revenue in midfield. He managed more interceptions (five) than any other player on the field and was an instrumental figure for the Bavarians.
If the German stays fit throughout the season, Bayern Munich have a formidable midfield that could possibly challenge for a seventh Champions League title.