Messi Humiliates Former Barca Manager Pep Guardiola in Champions League Clash
The Argentine fired home after 77 minutes and doubled the lead with a delightful chip over Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer from six metres three minutes later.
Neymar completed a resounding late burst when he raced clear and slotted calmly home in stoppage time.
It was a disappointing evening for Bayern coach Pep Guardiola on his return to his former club.
He had warned before the game that it was impossible to stop his former prodigy Messi and it proved the case as the Argentine orchestrated Barcelona's emphatic victory that gives them a clear advantage heading into next week's second leg.
Speaking after the match, Barcelona manager Luis Enrique praised Messi for the stunning performance saying he is “a player from another dimension.”
“It is a pleasure to see him play because he is a player of another dimension but apart from his attacking skills, have a look at how much he has added in defence and how much the other strikers, midfielders and defenders have added,” he said.
“If we hadn't been a team today, we would not have had a chance against Bayern.”
Barcelona was a stronger opponent
Enrique further dismissed a chance for laxity saying they will be looking for a win in the return leg.
“We will not speculate with the result. We will go for a win in the second leg, putting them in as much trouble as possible."
On his part, Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola admitted that Barcelona were stronger making it difficult for his team to control the ball.
“The team has been in a very difficult situation this year and I can only thank them. I will always remember this stage of the season, these three months, with great satisfaction,” he said.
“We knew who we were playing, a team that is at a great level at the moment and knowing that the only way to attack and defend in football is through the ball."
The two teams will meet again on Tuesday May 12th for the return leg to be played at Munich in Germany.