During the course of only one balmy night in Lisbon, it appeared like the complete magnificent edifice that Barcelona had inbuilt the fashionable recreation had been sledgehammered into mud.
The years of the world gawping at the lovely soccer performed by Lionel Messi and Co got here to a shuddering halt in a single disastrous 90 minutes. It was the end of Barca’s golden period, the music had stopped.
Bayern Munich rejoice one of their eight objectives in final 12 months’s seismic thrashing of Barcelona
It was a outcome that despatched shockwaves by world soccer as Barca’s golden period was ended
Lionel Messi tried to depart the membership in the fast aftermath of the humiliating loss in Lisbon
It set in movement a sequence of occasions on and off the pitch that continues even now as the two sides put together to meet again of their Champions League group stage opener on Tuesday evening.
As a lot as Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman and his gamers have been at pains to insist there aren’t any psychological scars from that night, there is not any manner they needed to see the Germans again so quickly.
The trauma is obvious in the reality Barcelona have struggled to promote out the 40,000 tickets they are permitted for the match at the Nou Camp beneath Covid-19 restrictions. Even the hardcore followers worry one other nightmare.
Also, the longer-term repercussions may be seen in the reality Bayern are favourites for Tuesday evening even in Barcelona’s personal yard. The Germans seem to have overtaken them in each regard.
Nobody is tipping Barcelona to win the Champions League this season however Bayern are regarded amongst the small knot of favourites alongside PSG, Manchester City and Chelsea.
The defeat led to a lot of upheaval at Barcelona, each in the squad and behind the scenes
Manager Quique Setien was fired three days after the debacle, with Ronald Koeman coming in
It was the first time since 1946 that Barcelona had conceded eight instances in a match and it was their heaviest margin of defeat in 69 years.
Immediately there was weighty discuss what wanted to vary. Defender Gerard Pique spoke about ‘structural change of every type’ and added ominously that ‘no one is indispensable.’
Manager Quique Setien was the first to find this, sacked solely three days later by president Josep Maria Bartomeu. That act was simply the starting of a prolonged authorized wrangle as Setien sough monetary compensation.
Given that Covid had delayed the remaining levels of the Champions League into August, the switch window was in full swing and Messi additional rocked the membership by sending his Burofax claiming his contract allowed him to depart immediately for nothing.
You might inform from Messi’s physique language on the evening of the defeat that his love affair with Barcelona would come to an end sooner somewhat than later and such a humiliation was the most opportune of moments to go.
Defender Gerard Pique demanded a whole structural change from high to backside
Barcelona membership president Josep Maria Bartomeu would resign his place not lengthy afterwards
Messi cited three dramatic Champions League capitulations in three consecutive seasons towards Roma, Liverpool and now Bayern.
‘I appeared additional afield and I need to compete at the highest stage, win titles, compete in the Champions League. You can win or lose in it, as a result of it is vitally tough, however you need to compete,’ Messi stated.
‘At least compete for it and allow us to not disintegrate as in Rome, Liverpool and Lisbon.’
In the end, Messi was persuaded to remain and see out the remaining 12 months of his contract nevertheless it has remained clear that Barca are a diminished drive and his exit, to Paris Saint-Germain, did lastly come this summer time.
He has a far larger probability of successful the fifth Champions League title if his profession there.
Messi did get his transfer a 12 months later, leaving Barcelona to affix Paris Saint-Germain final month
Koeman was appointed as Setien’s alternative however was handed solely a two-year contract and will by no means actually shake off the picture of being a stop-gap supervisor.
Another casualty was the membership’s sporting director Eric Abidal. His final act was to tell Setien of his dismissal earlier than himself being relieved of his duties a day later.
Naturally, there needed to be a bonfire of the squad as effectively with a quantity of excessive profile names bought or launched throughout the low season that adopted.
The 8-2 proved to be a somewhat unedifying remaining match in Barca colors for Luis Suarez, Ivan Rakitic, Nelson Semedo and Arturo Vidal.
Most farcical amongst these was Uruguayan striker Suarez, who promptly joined Atletico Madrid and scored 21 objectives to assist them to the LaLiga title final season.
Luis Suarez was helpless amid the carnage of an night by which Bayern ran rampant
The Uruguayan striker duly moved to Atletico Madrid and powered them to the LaLiga title
And it wasn’t lengthy earlier than the ruthless cull reached all the strategy to the very high. Bartomeu, who’d served as president since 2014, and the complete board of administrators resigned in late October somewhat than face a vote of no confidence with recollections of the outcome nonetheless sore.
Back got here Joan Laporta following elections earlier this 12 months and he quickly laid naked the dreadful state Barcelona’s steadiness sheets have been in.
Damaged by their huge stadium sitting empty throughout the Covid pandemic, debt was revealed to face at £1.15bn with the wage invoice accounting for 103 per cent of whole earnings.
‘Barcelona has a detrimental internet value of 451million Euros (£384m) – it’s a horrible inheritance. What has been occurring could be very worrying,’ he stated in August, pointing the finger of blame squarely at Bartomeu.
Because of this, Messi and his big wage needed to be slashed from the wage invoice, regardless of a five-year contract extension being verbally agreed.
Joan Laporta changed Bartomeu as president and has made clear the membership’s colossal debt
This inevitably precipitated nice upset amongst the followers and the Argentine star’s transfer to Paris actually did heighten the end-of-epoch really feel.
On the pitch, Koeman delivered the Copa del Rey however Barcelona completed third in the league behind the two Madrid golf equipment and located themselves run ragged by Kylian Mbappe and PSG in the Champions League last-16.
This underachievement led to Laporta spending two weeks looking out in useless for a brand new supervisor earlier than reluctantly sticking with Koeman.
A frugal summer time adopted, although Memphis Depay’s signing on a free has energised the staff, and it is honest to say Barca look a way quick of their conventional heavyweight rivals in Europe this season.
Manager Ronald Koeman is tasked with successful some silverware for Barcelona this season
Among them can be Bayern, of course, and following that 8-2 win they acquired an unstoppable momentum that will see them beat Lyon 3-0 in the semi-final and PSG 1-0 in the remaining to elevate the trophy.
They scooped up one other Bundesliga title final season however weren’t capable of defend their European crown, edged out by PSG at the quarter-final stage.
The Bavarians go again this time round beneath new administration after the gifted Julian Nagelsmann succeeded Hansi Flick.
He got here from RB Leipzig and Bayern have been capable of poach two of their finest gamers, Dayot Upamecano and Marcel Sabitzer, to return together with him.
Harnessing the momentum of the 8-2 win, Bayern went on to win the Champions League
Now managed by Nagelsmann, Bayern look as robust as ever as they chase extra success
Robert Lewandowski smashed all types of information final season and already has eight objectives in six video games this time round. You can simply envisage him giving Barcelona a torrid time.
From the wily Thomas Muller to the pace of Leroy Sane, Jamal Musiala and Serge Gnabry, Bayern simply bristle with menace.
Both groups ought to finally make it out of a bunch additionally containing Benfica and Dynamo Kiev. But it is Bayern with the probability to effectively and really hammer house their supremacy over a a lot diminished Barca.