The Germans recorded a stunning 8-2 demolition of the Blaugrana to show just why they are regarded as the best team in the world
Arturo Vidal issued a warning to Bayern Munich before Barcelona faced them in the Champions League quarter-finals on Friday night.
His old club at won their eighth Bundesliga title in a row, but the Chilean did not think the Bavarians would have things quite as easy against Barca as they do against domestic opponents.
“They are playing against Barca, not against teams from the Bundesliga,” the midfielder stated on the eve of the game in Lisbon. “They are playing against the best team in the world.”
As they do against most sides in the Bundesliga, Bayern Munich ran riot against Barcelona, registering a remarkable 8-2 win.
It took just three minutes and four seconds for Bayern to break the deadlock through a fantastic team move where Robert Lewandowski combined with Thomas Muller to find the net.
Barcelona went level through an awful own goal from David Alaba minutes later before Barcelona spurned a few good chances to go ahead.
After that, however, the Germans dominated the first-half. By the 31st minute, Ivan Perisic, Serge Gnabry and Muller’s second goal had Bayern Munich leading 4-1 and Hansi Flick’s men were beginning to think about a potential semi-final with Manchester City.
Since Flick took over in November, they have won 31 of 34 games, lifted the Bundesliga trophy and added the DFB-Pokal. Now they are just two wins away from becoming European champions for the sixth time.
No other side left in the Champions League has won the competition even once. Bayern have the history, the pedigree and this season, they have the team unity to go all the way for the first time since 2013.
Despite Luis Suarez netting after half-time, Joshua Kimmich restored the three-goal advantage following an incredible dribble from teenage full-back Alphonso Davies, which was Bayern’s 152nd goal of the season – a new club record, surpassing Jupp Heynckes’ 151 in their treble-winning season and Pep Guardiola’s 150 in his debut season in charge at the Allianz Arena.