Bayern München’s Champions League dreams are slowly coming to fruition after Barcelona’s show of force.

Bayern Munich’s Champions League dreams are slowly ripening after Barcelona’s display of power. “If we bring this intensity paired with our quality on the pitch, then we have a chance,” said sports director Hasan Salihamidzic after the extremely mature performance at Barca (3-0), which brought the German football record champion’s early group victory.

First place was “important, also as a sign internally and externally”, emphasized coach Julian Nagelsmann. In the draw for the first knockout round on 7 November, Bayern will thus avoid top favorites Manchester City or Chelsea FC. The first legs in the round of 16 are scheduled for 14/15 and 21/22 February, with the second legs taking place on 7/8 and 14/15 March,

“We want to win the Champions League, that was the first step, but there are still many to follow,” Nagelsmann said. Thomas Müller stressed: “If we play well, every team has problems against us.”

But first Bayern wants to finish first in the four Bundesliga games left until the World Cup break against Mainz, at Hertha, Bremen, and at Schalke. “We are striving for it, but it is not easy, it is always hard work,” Salihamidzic said. Bayern wants to “keep up the pressure” on league leader Union Berlin, “already at the weekend”.