Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman was in a resigned mood after his side were outclassed and beaten 3-0 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday, saying fans needed to be realistic about the team's current plight.
Bayern Munich on Saturday earned its ninth consecutive Bundesliga title after RB Leipzig's 3-2 loss at Borussia Dortmund and its own later 6-0 demolition of Borussia Moenchengladbach that put the Bavarians 10 points clear with two games left to play.
Less than six weeks after Bayern Munich won last season's delayed final behind closed doors, the draw for the group stage of the next Champions League takes place on Thursday with the threat of the coronavirus pandemic again hanging over the competition.
European champion Bayern Munich begins the hunt for a ninth-straight Bundesliga title on Friday, but while its rivals ponder how to break its iron grip on the German league, the Bavarian giant has pressing issues to resolve on the eve of the new season.
The Spanish media showed no mercy to Barcelona after its epic 8-2 defeat by Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarterfinals, calling for huge changes at the club after a night that will be difficult to erase from their memory.
Bayern Munich is far from done with the season after securing its record-extending eighth consecutive Bundesliga crown, with the domestic league title only an “intermediate target” en route to more success, coach Hansi Flick said on Friday.
Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said he is "optimistic" about extending club captain Manuel Neuer's contract, adding in an interview with Sunday's Die Welt that discrepancies had been "clarified internally".