FC Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman reluctantly accepted on Tuesday that Bayern Munich is currently far too strong for his team.

The German top club won 0-3 in the Champions League against the Catalans, who are in a difficult period in the attack due to financial problems and injuries.

"Of course the disappointment dominates, because we lost 0-3. But if you look realistically, that can happen," Koeman said to


after the game in Camp Nou


"We currently have too few players of the highest level. If you look at which substitutions we and which Bayern were able to make, that speaks for itself."

Bayern did not have to make an excessive effort to win its first group match of the Champions League season.

The team of coach Julian Nagelsmann was much better and managed to score no fewer than seventeen shots on target.

Barcelona put in just five shots and not a single attempt between the posts.

Thomas Müller and Robert Lewandowski (2) convert the dominance into a clear victory.

"Bayern was clearly much stronger than us in terms of physical condition," said Koeman, who had only three attackers at his disposal on Tuesday due to injuries at Sergio Aguero, Ansu Fati and Ousmane Dembele.

FC Barcelona started with three Dutchmen: Luuk de Jong, Frenkie de Jong and Memphis Depay.

FC Barcelona started with three Dutchmen: Luuk de Jong, Frenkie de Jong and Memphis Depay.

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'I had no other attackers than Luuk de Jong'

The Dutch coach put Memphis Depay and debutant Luuk de Jong together in the striker, but she was barely in the game.

"Due to our injury problems we lacked speed in the attack", see Koeman.

"You know that when you play as a striker with Luuk, but other players were not there. You hope that he can force something with his head power, but they defended that very well with their power."

Luuk de Jong was substituted in the 67th minute for 29-year-old Philippe Coutinho, who played his first game after eight months of injury.

Furthermore, Koeman brought mainly young substitutes with Álex Baldé (18), Gavi (17) and Yusuf Demir (18), while Pedri (18) was in the starting lineup.

"Those young boys are becoming very good, but of course they still fall short compared to Bayern," said Koeman.

"I'm happy with the response from the fans, who showed that they understand the situation we are in. You don't want to accept it, but we have to."

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