In a heavyweight showdown on Tuesday night, Bayern Munich clinched back-to-back Champions League victories thanks to a 2-0 win against Barcelona.
While the German giants might have put in a sluggish first-half display on home soil, the Bavarians certainly laid down a real marker here as a quickfire brace from Lucas Hernandez and Leroy Sane clinched all three points.
Now holding a three-point buffer at the top of Group C, Bayern also extended on their remarkable European record against a high-flying Barcelona side.
Handing the former Spanish champions their first defeat since opening the 2022/23 campaign, we have taken a look at the key talking points following Tuesday’s superstar battle at the Allianz Arena.
A much-needed boost for Nagelsmann
While Bayern might have opened their Champions League adventure with a 2-0 win away at Inter Milan last week, Julian Nagelsmann does appear to find some pressure on his shoulders.
Although the former RB Leipzig boss might have guided the Bavarians to a 10th straight Bundesliga crown last season, it is fair to say that Tuesday’s hosts have largely failed to keep up that same momentum this time around.
Last seen heading into their midweek showdown at the Allianz Arena by settling for a 2-2 draw against Stuttgart, Bayern have now played out a stalemate in each of their last three domestic outings.
However, while reports over the past few weeks might have suggested that some of Bayern’s senior squad are growing frustrated with life under Nagelsmann, the German icons will take plenty of positives away from their second-half display here.
With one-time Manchester City star Leroy Sane now bagging back-to-back Champions League strikes and forming an eye-catching partnership with summer arrival Sadio Mane, Nagelsmann will be calling on his side to use their European success as a platform to build off.
Barca purple patch comes to an abrupt end
Although Barcelona might have been dealing with some public…
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Author : Tom Dunstan
Publish date : 2022-09-13 23:31:17
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