Thomas Mueller said Bayern Munich’s dominant 3-0 win over Barcelona on Tuesday was an important signal to their rivals for this season’s Champions League title.
The Bundesliga giants gave Barcelona a brutal demonstration of just how far their opponents have fallen when Mueller scored the opening goal at the Camp Nou before Robert Lewandowski scored twice.
Without Lionel Messi for a first European campaign since 2003, Barca were outplayed by a Bayern side that could have scored more after an opening storm from the hosts.
Mueller put Bayern ahead when his long shot changed direction and sent Barca’s German goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen on the wrong track in the 34th minute.
“It got much better from the middle of the first half,” Mueller said.
“We had some good counter-attacks and won the ball, we didn’t allow much behind but we could have scored a goal or two up front.
“If you win 3-0 here at the beginning of the competition, that is a very important signal. We are very happy.”
After scoring 41 Bundesliga goals last season to break Gerd Mueller’s 49-year record, Lewandowski will pick up where he left off in 2021/22.
The Poland striker has already scored 10 goals for Bayern in six games this season and when Jamal Musiala clattered against the post early in the second half, Lewandowski tapped the rebound.
He took his second and Bayern’s late third after making his way through a group of defenders.
Lewandowski described it as a “perfect day” for Bayern against a Barcelona side that failed to collect a single shot on target.
“We showed from the first minute that we wanted to win here. We had the game under control, that was important. It was a perfect day.”