‘HISTORIC HUMILIATION’: Spanish press offers withering assessment of desperate Barcelona in Saturday newspapers after 8-2 crush by Bayern Munich in Lisbon
- The Spanish press circled around Barcelona after their humiliation in Lisbon
- Quique Setien’s side were beaten 8-2 by German champions Bayern Munich
- AS, Marca and Sport newspapers all strongly criticized the LaLiga squad
The Spanish press called Barcelona’s 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich a “historic humiliation” as they ended their 2019-20 season in a desperate fashion.
The Catalans lost both halves 4-1 as the relentless Germans showed no mercy. To compound the misery, Philippe Coutinho, on loan from Barça, scored twice for Bayern in the finals.
And newspapers in the club’s home country have not been kind to Quique Setien.
Spanish press turned to Barcelona after their 8-2 beating by Bayern Munich
Sport and AS called demolition of Champions League quarter-finals “historic humiliation”
Sport and AS splashed the words “Humillacion Historica” on their front pages – translating to “historic humiliation”.
The AS title at the top of the page also read: “The disaster against Bayern opens up a crisis with unforeseeable consequences which affects all levels of the club.
Marca took over the title: “Verguenza” – the Spanish word for “shame” and described the game as a “massacre that will never be forgotten”.
Marca splashed the word ‘shame’ on her front page after the club’s record defeat in Europe
The outlet also commented on the fact that there will be no Spanish semi-finalists for the first time in 13 years and how several players will question their future after the result.
Journalist Hugo Cerezo wrote: “For the fourth season in a row Barcelona were on the wrong side of a Champions League beating. After Juventus, Roma, Liverpool and now Bayern, the future of those involved is on hold.
Javier Miguel, of AS, has singled out Lionel Messi, the man Barca have relied on so often in the past, as one of the players who has had a disappointing night.
Even Lionel Messi couldn’t escape criticism from Spanish media after the game
He said: “He would do well to watch his friend Neymar’s game against Atalanta. His throne begins to waver.
Barca may already have decided to sack Setien after Friday’s disastrous result with former Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino lined up as the No.1 candidate to replace him.
The club and their players will likely be in reserve for more criticism when they return to Spain.