As he watched helplessly while his Barcelona side were ripped to shreds by a blistering Bayern Munich in an 8-2 thrashing, Lionel Messi must have been wondering if he will ever win the Champions League again should he remain at the club. Messi has experienced some galling exits from Europe's top competition since he last lifted the trophy in 2015, but not even the disastrous defeats to AS Roma or Liverpool in the last two years could compare to this devastating semi-final loss. At least on those occasions Barca could take solace from the fact they had only fallen short by one goal and won in the first leg of the tie.
It's time we reset our expectations for Barcelona, which has spent months begging to be torn apart by a team as good as they used to be, and finally were.
Bayern Munich embarrassed Barcelona in Fridays' Champions League quarterfinal in Lisbon, beating Lionel Messi and Co. 8-2 to advance to next week's semis.
Barcelona said France defender Samuel Umtiti has tested positive for COVID-19, although the result will not affect their Champions League quarter-final with Bayern Munich on Friday as he is injured and not with the squad. Umtiti is the second Barca player to give a positive test for COVID-19 in the last week after his fellow French defender Jean-Clair Todibo was diagnosed with the virus on Wednesday when reporting back for pre-season training. Barca said in a statement that World Cup winner Umtiti was asymptomatic, in good health and was currently isolating in his home, adding that people who had recently been in close contact with him would also receive a test.