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Thomas Muller Has Provided A Damning Verdict On Barcelona’s Deficiencies

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Strikes from Muller, Leroy Sane and Jamal Musiala sent Xavi’s struggling Catalans out of the competition and to the Europa League – the first time they have failed to reach the knockout stages since 2000-01.

Barcelona have been on a steady decline in recent seasons but Wednesday night’s result was a new low for the club that have been hit by financial woes, with debts surpassing the £1billion mark earlier this

And Muller has given a stinging assessment of where Barcelona’s footballing problems lie, opining that Xavi’s side lack the ‘intensity’ required to thrive in modern-day European football.

‘I think Barça can’t cope with the intensity,’ Muller told DAZN.

‘Technically, they have it all, they are great players tactically and technically.

‘But they can’t cope with the intensity in top football.’

The 32-year-old has often been uncompromising in his views on the game and was quick to defend his team-mate, Robert Lewandowski, after the Pole missed out on the Ballon d’Or last week.

Lewandowski has enjoyed a sensational two seasons but his efforts were not recognised by France Football, who handed the gong to Paris Saint-Germain star Lionel Messi.

‘From the Bavarian, Polish and also German point of view, last night’s Ballon d’Or award ceremony was definitely a disappointment, for some even a bit more,’ Muller said in the wake of the result.

‘Although I’ve been in the business a bit longer and therefore wasn’t really surprised about the outcome (it was similar with Franck Ribéry in 2013), the whole thing has formed or once again solidified a thought in me: We have great players in the Bundesliga and don’t have to hide.

‘For worldwide recognition, however, we need more international successes. That’s a huge motivation for me, too, to put everything on the line to bring the Champions League back to Munich and show the soccer world what’s what.

‘And above all, what German soccer has to offer. The next opportunity to do so will be next Wednesday at the Champions League match against FC Barcelona. Let’s go for it!’

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