Former Barcelona midfielder and current Royal Antwerp manager Mark van Bommel has said that the Blaugrana are currently at the top of the world, while also adding that the team from Catalonia does have a chance of winning the UEFA Champions League this season.
Barcelona began their Champions League campaign with a resounding 5-0 win over Royal Antwerp at the Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys, with goals coming from Joao Felix, Robert Lewandowski and Gavi.
Interestingly enough, this was Barcelona’s biggest victory in the Champions League League since getting better of Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 in the second leg of Round of 16 back in the 2016-17 season.
Van Bommel disappointed but not surprised
Speaking about the performance of his team after the game, the former Dutch international said that although his men were good with the ball, Barcelona were a step ahead all the time.
“Their first three shots on goal were three goals for them. I thought we were good with the ball and I can’t blame my team for anything. This is, of course, the level of the Champions League. They are on top of the world,” said the manager as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.
The 46-year-old manager, who won the UEFA Champions League with Barcelona back in the 2005/06 season, added that this defeat will be a big learning lesson for his team.
“They keep playing, playing, turning, that’s where we have to go, but we are still very far from that, but it is not a shame.
“That is a very big learning moment for us. It is hard to lose 5-0, obviously “It’s not easy, but despite the match, we gave everything and we played well,” stated the Royal Antwerp manager.
Van Bommel also went on to add that if Barcelona can keep up the consistency, they can go on to win the Champions League.