Rummenigge: Battering Barcelona 'like a dream'

The former West Germany international was blown away by the Bavarians' performance against the Blaugrana, but acknowledged the advantage of facing an unfit Lionel Messi
Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has admitted that his side's stunning 4-0 demolition of Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final on Tuesday night felt "like a dream".

The Bavarians went into the game at the Allianz Arena as slight favourites, but few pundits foresaw Jupp Heynckes' men sweeping the Catalans aside as they did, with a Thomas Muller double and a goal apiece from Mario Gomez and Arjen Robben.

Rummenigge admits he was bowled over by the standard of his side's display, telling Sky Deutschland: "We won 4-0 against the best team in the world. That is like a dream here tonight.

"We played beautifully. We did not give our opponents any chances. I do not think Barca ever had a game where they had so few chances.“

The legendary striker was full of praise for two-goal hero Muller, but he was keen to acknowledge that Blaugrana star Lionel Messi had clearly not recovered from his recent hamstring trouble.

"Thomas Muller had a fantastic match," Rummenigge enthused. "But I still think Messi is the number one. I don't think he was completely fit."