Barcelona‘s miserable 2021-22 UEFA Champions League campaign hit a new low to end on the same note last night. The Catalans were routed 3-0 by group leaders Bayern Munich, the same margin of defeat Barcelona suffered on Matchday 1 at the Camp Nou in September.
It brought a premature end to the Blaugrana‘s sojourn, with the side crashing out of the premier European competition after finishing third in the group. Benfica won 2-0 against Kyiv in the other game to end up second and progress into the last-16 at Barcelona’s expense.
Xavi Hernandez, who replaced the ousted Ronald Koeman, couldn’t steer the sinking ship, although this was a mess that was always going to take time to clear up. With a torrid run now behind them, the Catalans will now have to contend with Europa League ignominy, a competition they’re suddenly not too big to participate in.
But to fully grasp how poor Barcelona were in the Champions League this season, take a look at these seven mind-blowing stats:
#7 Barcelona won the fewest Champions League group stage matches in their history
Barcelona had never won fewer than three group-stage games before, until this season. The Blaugrana only won twice in six outings, with both 1-0 victories coming against Dynamo Kyiv on successive Matchdays.
It restored normalcy in their campaign to some extent after back-to-back 3-0 losses to Bayern at home and Benfica away.
There have been sides in the past who’ve progressed into the last-16 despite winning only twice. However, the Catalans didn’t enjoy such luck and deservedly crashed out due to results in the other games.
#6 Barcelona lost three group matches for the first time
Bayern’s 3-0 drubbing of Barcelona was their third defeat of the Champions League season, having lost their first two matches by identical scorelines. It was also their highest number of defeats in a single group stage campaign of the competition, having only lost twice at the max before (2004-05 season).
Barcelona equalled their worst losing tally after just two games this season following back-to-back humiliations against Bayern and Benfica. However, last night, the Catalans hit a new low, losing three group matches for the first time in their illustrious Champions League history.
#5 Barcelona lost opening two group matches for the first time
Barcelona lost both of their opening Champions League games of a season for the first time this year. Additionally, their loss to Bayern on Matchday 1 marked their first opening day loss since a 3-2 defeat to Newcastle United in 1997.
However, some expected them to bounce back at Benfica in their second match, but the Portuguese side secured a resounding 3-0 victory. It was the first time in the competition’s history that Barcelona were left without a point to show after the first two games of a season.