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  • Updated: September 15, 2021

Koeman Accepts Barca's Weakness After Bayern's Drilling

Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman was in a resigned mood after his side were outclassed 3-0 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday, saying fans needed to be realistic about the team's current plight.

A deflected goal from Thomas Mueller gave Bayern a deserved lead in the first half before Robert Lewandowski struck twice after the break to inflict another painful European defeat on Barca after thrashing the Catalans 8-2 in August last year.

The Dutch coach pointed to the team's injury problems including the absences of forwards Ousmane Dembele, Ansu Fati, Martin Braithwaite, and Sergio Aguero. He revealed that Jordi Alba had played despite being ill the night before the match.

"You have to be realistic in life. Our young players showed we have a future and we have a lot of players to come back from injuries. It is what it is," Koeman told a news conference.

"We know we're missing a lot of players in attack and we have to wait a few weeks to have more options and more speed going forward. I don't want to look for excuses but everyone knows the problems we had with the players who were unavailable."

Barca failed to have a single shot on target over the 90 minutes and while Bayern were able to bring on experienced internationals such as Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman from the bench, Koeman hauled on three teenagers in search of a response.

"It's very tough to play against a team like Bayern when you don't have much speed going forward. We have to accept it and keep working. And we have to recognise the team we were up against," he added.

"To do damage against a team like Bayern you have to be at your very best and you have to admit it when the other team is better. But I'm a little tired of talking about the same thing, in a few weeks the team will be different because we'll have more players available and we will be fitter.

"Bayern are one of the favourites to win the Champions League and soon enough we ran into problems. We were a little unlucky with their first goal but in the second half they proved they are a better team than us right now."

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UEFA Champions League
No Teams P Pts
1 Liverpool 13 28
2 Atletico Madrid 9 11
3 FC Porto 6 5
4 AC Milan 6 4
No Teams P Pts
1 AFC Ajax 7 18
2 Sporting CP 6 9
3 Borussia Dortmund 6 9
4 Besiktas 6 0
No Teams P Pts
1 Real Madrid 11 24
2 Inter Milan 6 10
3 Sheriff FC 6 7
4 Shakhtar Donetsk 6 2
No Teams P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 8 19
2 Benfica 11 12
3 Barcelona 6 7
4 FC Dynamo Kyiv 6 1
No Teams P Pts
1 Villarreal 16 17
2 Manchester United 7 11
3 Atalanta 6 6
4 Young Boys 6 5
No Teams P Pts
1 Lille OSC 11 11
2 FC Red Bull Salzburg 6 10
3 Sevilla 6 6
4 VfL Wolfsburg 6 5
No Teams P Pts
1 Chelsea 13 19
2 Juventus 12 15
3 F.C. Zenit Saint Petersburg 6 5
4 Malmo FF 6 1
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Ousmane Dembele
Ousmane
Dembele
FR France
  • HEIGHT

    178cm

  • WEIGHT

    67kg

  • AGE

    25

Sergio Kun Aguero
Sergio
Kun Aguero
AR Argentina
  • HEIGHT

    1.73 m

  • WEIGHT

    77 kg

  • AGE

    34

Robert Lewandowski
Robert
Lewandowski
PL Poland
  • HEIGHT

    678

  • WEIGHT

    81 kg

  • AGE

    33

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Bayern Munich
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