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The Bavarians simply had no answer for the rampant Catalans, and the Bayern coach was first to admit his side’s inferiority.

After needing just the first leg to book their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, Bayern Munich look set to crash out of the competition after just the first game of their last-eight tie following their humiliating 4-0 defeat at Barcelona.

The Spanish outfit thumped in all four goals in the first half and the Die Roten coach, Jurgen Klinsmann, expressed his disappointment at the way his players allowed their rivals to run riot.

“From my point of view, the match was a great disappointment,” he told after the game.

“It is difficult to explain. The key was to fight for every ball but two goals early in the game did a lot of damage and we did not fight hard enough.

“We need to overcome the criticism. It is a very hard defeat and difficult to digest.”

But the former German international striker also credited and heaped praise on Bayern's opponents.

Barcelona played very well and showed our limitations. It is quite possible that we have just played against the future champions of Europe,” he said. “[Lionel] Messi is a great player and it’s a pleasure to see him playing.

“We want to be among the four best teams in Europe but we have a lot of improving to do. It is very difficult to compensate for the absences of important players like Lucio, [Daniel] van Buyten and [Philipp] Lahm.

“Now, we must concentrate on the fight for the Bundesliga title and ensure we are in the Champions League again next season.”

Bayern, currently fourth in the domestic league standings, host Eintracht Frankfurt this Saturday before welcoming Barca to the Allianz Arena next Tuesday.

KS Leong,