It was Bundesliga two, La Liga nil this week as Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund saw off Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively in the Champions League semi-final, setting up an all-German clash at Wembley on May 25th.
Wembley would be experiencing the German Machine, German Efficiency and all German finals on the 25th May. Last night signalled the end of an era for the Spaniard clubs and witnessed the beginning of another dynasty in the football world. Bayern Munich eliminated Barcelona in a humiliating fashion – 3 goals from Arjen Robben, own goal by Gerrad Pique, and Thomas Muller ensured that the Bavarian qualified with 7-0 aggregate.Barcelona started off dominating as is their usually style, but their attack looked anything but sharp without their maestro Lionel Messi. The first half end in stalemate and it was safe to say that the Germans were 45 minutes away from the glorious Wembley show down.
For a club that was in financial difficulty some few years back, not necessarily a traditional super power in Europe - this is more than a dream achievement for the "Yellow Blacks. Jorgen Klopp would not have imagined that he would take club to the pinnacle of all competitions when he assumed office in 2008. Dortmund scaled through to the finals of the UEFA Champions league finals since their first 16 years ago - when they defeated a star studded Juventus team that had Zinedine Zidane in the finals of the same competition. Their victory however was not without a scare as Madrid left it late to win 2-0 - goals from Karim Benzema and Sergio Ramos were not enough to see them through as they were already down by 4-1 in the first leg.
Bayern Munich massacred the used be invincible Barcelona in the epic first leg encounter at the Allianz Arena. Prior to the game, this was meant to be the main litmus test for the newly crowned Bundesliga champion, but the Bavarians were not stretched and showed the incredible form they have displayed since the start of the season. Goals from Thomas Muller who had a brace scoring in each half, Arjen Robben and Super Mario Gomez put the German in a very favourable position ahead of the second leg .the victory puts them on the brink of another .
Once again, Bayern Munich finds themselves caught in a match that many think should have been the final. Barcelona will likely prove a much tougher test than Juventus, and the Germans certainly have their work cut out for them as they try to tarnish the Catalan Footballing Dynasty known as FC Barcelona.
Neither side has an easy mountain to climb. Bayern Munich are currently playing some of the best football they ever have, and Barcelona have been pulling off miracle comebacks and wins all season long. Both teams are loaded with talent all over the pitch, and have world class players in various positions.
Some are tipping the Bavarians to come up on top, and others think the Catalans will pull through. Here are some reasons to believe that the Germans can go onto the final at Wembley.
Bayern Are Effective On The Counter-Attack