‘They can’t handle the intensity of top football’: Thomas Muller makes a DARK statement about Barcelona after Bayern Munich ripped them in half to dump them out of the Champions League
- Thomas Muller has blasted Barcelona after their Champions League woes
- The Catalan’s 3-0 defeat to Bayern Munich gave them a 3rd place
- It means they are playing in the Europa League for the first time since 2000-01
- Bayern star Muller, 32, says Barça lack the ‘intensity’ to thrive at the highest level
Thomas Muller has delivered a damning verdict on Barcelona’s failings after the German helped Bayern Munich dump the LaLiga giants from the Champions League on Wednesday night.
Strikes by Muller, Leroy Sané and Jamal Musiala sent Xavi’s struggling Catalans out of the competition and into the Europa League – the first time they’ve failed to reach the knockout stage since 2000-01.
Barcelona has declined steadily in recent seasons, but Wednesday night’s result marked another low for the club, which was hit by financial difficulties, with debts crossing the £1bn mark earlier this year.
Thomas Muller has given a scathing assessment of where Barcelona’s problems lie
And Muller has given a sharp assessment of where Barcelona’s footballing problems lie, saying that Xavi’s side lacks the ‘intensity’ needed to thrive in contemporary European football.
“I don’t think Barca can handle the intensity,” Muller told DAZN.
“Technically they have it all, tactically and technically they are great players.
‘But they can’t handle the intensity in top football.’
The 32-year-old struck when Bayern Munich sent the Catalans to the Europa League yesterday
Muller said the Catalan fighters lack the ‘intensity’ to thrive at the highest level of football
Often uncompromising in his take on the game, the 32-year-old was quick to defend his team-mate, Robert Lewandowski, after the Pole missed the Ballon d’Or last week.
Lewandowski has had two sensational seasons but his efforts were not recognized by France Football, who handed over the gong to Paris Saint-Germain star Lionel Messi.
“From a Bavarian, Polish and also German point of view, the Ballon d’Or presentation last night was certainly a disappointment, for some even a bit more,” said Muller after the result.
Wednesday’s result is another low for the club as Xavi tries to turn the tide with the LaLiga giants
“Although I’ve been in the business for a while and therefore wasn’t really surprised by the outcome (it was comparable to Franck Ribéry in 2013), the whole thing has formed or re-established a thought in my mind: we have great players in the Bundesliga and don’t have to hide.
“However, we need more international success for global recognition. That is also a huge motivation for me to risk everything to bring the Champions League back to Munich and show the football world what is what.
‘And especially what German football has to offer. The next opportunity for this is next Wednesday during the Champions League match against FC Barcelona. Let’s go for it!’