Ronald Koeman admits ‘difference in quality’ between Barcelona and Bayern Munich

Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman conceded that his side were not able to match Bayern Munich after suffering 3-1 defeat to the Bundesliga giants in their opening Champions League group game at Camp Nou.

The visitors dominated on Tuesday night in front of the Catalan crowd, leading Koeman to admit to his team’s lack of depth and quality.

“There were only three strikers available,” said Koeman after the game.”Tactically there were moments in which we were in control. Bayern’s game is in the middle third and you have to fill [the gaps] there.

“It is what it is for the time being. I cannot complain about the attitude, but there is a difference in quality.

“[Bayern are] a team that as a group have been together for a long time and also have a bench that has improved.

“We have many young players who in two or three years will be better. It is very difficult to accept it, but we have to wait for things to improve and players to recover from their injuries.

“It is what it is, we have to spend a few weeks like this because later we are going to get players like [Sergio] Aguero, [Ousmane] Dembele and Ansu Fati back.”

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