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Barcelona fail to record a single shot on target in their defeat by Bayern

  /  autty

Barcelona set an unwanted first in the Champions League defeat by Bayern Munich last night, having failed to record a single shot on target.

The LaLiga club were well beaten at the Nou Camp, having lost 3-0 after a horror performance, and barely threatened their opponents in attack.

This saw them struggle to carve out chances and, as a result, they were not able to test goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, or score, for the whole game.

Manager Ronald Koeman rued his threadbare squad at full-time, insisting he had just three forwards to choose from.

Luuk de Jong was partnered with Memphis Depay, who has proved a small glimmer of hope for the team in their post-Lionel Messi era.

But both strikers found themselves feeding off scraps, and Bayern eased to all three points after Thomas Muller's opener and Robert Lewandowski's double.

The result has left Barcelona at the bottom of the group after the first round of fixtures, and further ramps up the pressure on Koeman.

'Of course we would have liked to compete better but there is a difference in their quality as a team [and ours],' Koeman said.

'There was a big difference between the benches too. We have lots of players with a big future but right now we need players back from injury.'

He went on to add: 'We started well but we had problems getting forward. We were unlucky with the first goal and from their second goal it was very difficult.

'Right now they are a better team than us.

'This is where we are right now. Jordi Alba was ill last night and still played. This was Luuk De Jong's first game.

'Alba was very tired and we didn't want to risk him playing the whole game.'

A banner reading 'Koeman Out' was displayed before kick-off in a clear indication of rising tensions, but it was removed by club staff.

Meanwhile, Gerard Pique looked to focus on the very few positives from the loss, with four teenagers on the field for Barcelona by full-time.

'We competed in the first half and their goal comes from a deflection,' Pique said.

'The team did not hide and we had young players making their debuts in the Champions League. I feel sure we will end up competing.

'We have Ansu (Fati), Ousmane (Dembele) and Kun (Aguero) still to come back from injury. We are clearly not among the favourites for the Champions League right now.'