Tuesday night for Barcelona provided a serious reality check.
In La Liga, Barça have won four successive matches, scoring 15 goals, including last weekend’s 4-0 drubbing of Cádiz.
Having also put five past Viktoria Plzeň in their Champions League opener, there was plenty of optimism that Xavi’s team could compete with and possibly even beat Bayern Munich at Allianz Arena.
During the first half, the former was certainly true, with Barça creating all of the chances, but their new centre-forward proving wasteful.
In that opening 45, Robert Lewandowski missed three guilt-edged opportunities; one over the bar, one saved and one blocked.
This would come back to bite the Blaugrana when Bayern scored twice in three minutes, eventually seeing out the 2-0 victory.
Next month, they face a double-header against Inter, two games that’ll go along way to determining their European fate.
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Elche meanwhile are yet to taste victory this season, only being kept off the bottom of the table by a pointless Cádiz.
Los Franjiverdes drew with Almería last month, but have since lost all three games, most recently demolished 4-1 by Athletic Club last Sunday.
The Basque side were 4-0 up by half time at Estadio Manuel Martínez Valero, ensuring Ezequiel Ponce’s goal was very much of the consolation variety.
Thus, anything other than an emphatic home victory would be a major surprise at Camp Nou.