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UCL: Barca soulless without Messing, says Bayern Boss

Former Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was full of praise for the German Club after their 3-0 victory over Barcelona at the Camp Nou on Tuesday night, as they got their Champions League campaign off to a great start.

Thomas Muller opened the scoring in the 34th minute before Robert Lewandowski added the second and third goals in the 56th and 85th minutes respectively, but Rummenigge focused on the way in which Barcelona appeared to be a different team without Lionel Messi in their ranks.

“They played outstandingly well and deserved to win. It’s too early to talk about favorites. [The competition] only really starts with the knockout phase,” Rummenigge told Bild after Bayern’s 3-0 win against Barcelona.

“If you look at the team, the way they performed tactically. Without Messi, their souls have been ripped out. They are facing difficult times.

“It was imperative to sell him. The Spanish League has scored an own goal with him.”