The demise of Catalan dreams

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Leo Messi, Barcelona
Leo Messi looks on as Barcelona are ripped apart in their Champions League quarter-final match vs Bayern Munich. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY THE EVENING STANDARD.

Barcelona fell to a humiliating defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich yesternight. 

The loss doesn’t come as a surprise really, but the re-sounding margin is indicative of two clubs in polar opposite situations.

FCB vs FCB, one at the top of their game, and the other at rock bottom.

On what will perhaps go down as the worst night in the history FC Barcelona, Bayern put eight past the Catalans.

The Bavarians ate up their Catalan counterparts, playing with ruthlessness and veracity perhaps only they are capable of. Muller put them ahead as early as the fourth minute, signalling their intent.

Barcelona did find an immediate response, a sweeping move that ended with an own goal from the Germans.

Alba to Alaba, 1-1, game on.

David Alaba scored an own goal which drew Barcelona level on the night. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY METINEWS.

Or so they thought. Bayern simply shrugged off the equalizer in a manner similar to Superman shrugging off a bullet, inconsequential, invulnerable, inevitable.

The Bavarians went to work, playing with a fire that consumed any Catalan hopes of a comeback victory.

Two, three, four. Half an hour in and the game was already over. The Bavarians plundering through the Catalan defence as easily as a spear going through linen. Any Barcelona attempt to play through the Bayern press artfully was met with immediate suppression.

Beauty for ashes, The Germans had set fire to the Spanish artists, and it was only halftime.

Barcelona came out in the second period with nothing but pride to play for. Leo Messi, taking matters into his own hands as he often does, dropped deep and played the ball which unlocked the Bayern defence.

Luis Suarez put the ball in the back of the net in a bid to make the scoreline more respectable. An exercise in futility.

The Bayern response was emphatic, to say the least. Alphonso Davies, young and spritely, tore down the Barcelona right side like a caffeinated roadrunner.

Once at the byline, the young Canadian cut through the Catalan defenders like a hot knife through butter before putting the ball on a plate for Joshua Kimmich to fire home.

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Joshua Kimmich celebrates scoring his team’s fifth goal in their Champions League quarter-final match versus Barcelona. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY GOAL.

As if to rub salt into gaping Spanish wounds, Phillipe Coutinho was sent on for the last quarter of an hour.

The little Brazillian still in the employ of the Blaugrana completed the rout, setting up Lewandowski with a polished delivery before scoring twice himself.

Eight goals to two, Bayern had absolutely demolished Barcelona.

Anguish, grief, pain, shame. These words scratch the surface of the feelings of everyone associated with Futbol Club Barcelona.

Many things will have to be changed. Players will be sold, board members will be changed, and Setien will almost definitely get the sack.

“End of an era” is perhaps too romantic a description of the happenings ongoing at Barcelona. “The demise of Catalan dreams” seems more fitting, the dreams of old are gone, replaced with the terrible nightmare of yesternight.

While things seem increasingly bleak, there is one positive to be gotten from hitting rock bottom.

The only way is up.

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