After helping Bayern Munich knock Barcelona out of the Champions League on Wednesday night, Thomas Muller has delivered a damning verdict on the Catalan club’s shortcomings.

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Thomas Muller gives a shocking verdict on Barcelona after Bayern knocked them out of the Champions Leauge

Muller, Leroy Sane, and Jamal Musiala scored goals to send Xavi’s struggling Catalans out of the league and into the Europa League for the first time since the 2000-01 season.

Barcelona has been on the slide in previous seasons, but the outcome on Wednesday night was a new low for the club, which has been plagued by financial problems, with debts exceeding £1 billion earlier this year.

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And Muller has delivered a scathing appraisal of Barcelona’s footballing issues, claiming that Xavi’s team lacks the ‘intensity’ required to succeed in modern-day European football.

‘I think Barca can’t cope with the intensity,’ Muller told DAZN.

‘Technically, they have it all, they are great players tactically and technically.

‘But they can’t cope with the intensity in top football.’

The 32-year-old is known for his harsh views on the game, and he was quick to support his teammate, Robert Lewandowski, after the Pole was denied the Ballon d’Or last week.

Lewandowski has had a fantastic two seasons, but his achievements were overlooked by France Football, who awarded the award to Lionel Messi of Paris Saint-Germain.

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‘Last night’s Ballon d’Or award ceremony was obviously a disappointment, for some even a little more, from the Bavarian, Polish, and German points of view,’ Muller stated after the result.

‘Although I’ve been in the business a bit longer and therefore wasn’t really surprised about the outcome (it was similar with Franck Ribéry in 2013), the whole thing has formed or once again solidified a thought in me: We have great players in the Bundesliga and don’t have to hide.

‘For worldwide recognition, however, we need more international successes. That’s a huge motivation for me, too, to put everything on the line to bring the Champions League back to Munich and show the soccer world what’s what.

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‘And above all, what German soccer has to offer. The next opportunity to do so will be next Wednesday at the Champions League match against FC Barcelona. Let’s go for it!’

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