Barcelona were “absolutely butchered” by Bayern Munich on Friday, according to Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand. Barca suffered their heaviest-ever European defeat with a 8-2 loss at the hands of Bayern in the Champions League quarter-final in Lisbon. The Bundesliga giants scored four goals in each half to condemn Quique Setien’s side to one of their most embarrassing nights.
Goals were shared around the Bayern team, with Serge Gnabry, Joshua Kimmich and Robert Lewandowski all scoring one each.
Ivan Perisic also grabbed a brace and to rub salt into Barca’s wounds, Philippe Coutinho, on-loan from the Nou Camp, came off the bench to score twice in the last five minutes.
Ferdinand was full of praise for Bayern’s ruthlessness but tore into Barca’s showing.
“Barcelona were absolutely butchered,” Ferdinand said on BT Sport.
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“They were ran over, steamrollered, physically absolutely bullied but also when need be, played off the park as well.
“Bayern Munich’s fundamentals, they had them all down to a tee. Basics, third-man runs, running off the ball, Barcelona couldn’t deal with it.
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“They were relentless, the commitment from the players. For Barcelona, an embarrassing night.
“What I would say as well: 107km run from the Bayern Munich team, 98km from the Barca team.
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“The commitment, the willingness to run off the ball, we highlighted Goretzka before the game.
“Basic runs from midfield, hurting opposing midfielders.”
Ahead of the match, Ferdinand pointed out the problems he thought were evident in the Barca squad.
The former England defender said, since the sale of Neymar in 2017, Barca’s recruitment has not been good enough.
“They’ve spent, what is it, £800m since Neymar left and still they’re reliant on Messi, who came through the youth system there and the older players in the team who were there before that was spent as well,” Ferdinand said on BT Sport.
“They’ve not recruited in terms of spending that money wisely I don’t think going forward.
“But listen, when you’ve got Messi in your team you can make a few mistakes because invariably he’s got them out of trouble.”
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