Rovertheseas wrote:Anyone else enjoying seeing Barcelona get beaten so heavily. I've always quite liked Barcelona, but there's something glorious in seeing their downfall. The German teams have been outstanding this tournament.
Bayern were superb. Seriously awesome over both legs.
But calling it Barca's downfall is either just plain wrong (they lost La Liga and Champs league last year remember?), or pretty premature.
They've had a bit of a transitition with a new manager coming in, who's happened to be absent for a large chunk of the second half of the season fighting cancer.... They've had at least 2 of their best 4 CB's out for practically every game since October, and they've had their best player injured for the last month. Their other key players (Xavi,Iniesta and Busquets) have been clearly playing with injuries since Christmas too. And the rest of the team in general have looked unfit since Christmas. (I maintain that a fully fit Barca 11 v Bayern would have been a much closer tie).
Most of that is down to a lack of decisions/management, which is inevitable if you're boss is undergoing chemotherapy. And it should really have been dealt with by powers that be making the difficult decision to hire an interim coach. But calling it a 'downfall', or "end of an era" as the British media will no doubt turn into a sound-bite is a mistake if you ask me. If a downfall, or end of an era, involves easing La Liga against possibly the best Madrid team for years, then that's a pretty cool downfall.
But again, fairplay to the Germans. They were fantastic. Both sides, both ties.