Is the Bundesliga stronger than the Premier League?

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With Borussia Dortmund having progressed to the last eight of the Champions League and Bayern Munich looking set to follow suit, German football will be well represented in Europe's top competition's latter stages. In comparison there will almost certainly be no English teams in the quarter finals.

The quality of German football has sharply increased in the last few years and this is being shown by the strength of its two top teams.

Pep Guardiola's decision to join Bayern Munich as their manager at the end of the season also seems telling; he did not take a job in England even though Chelsea will be seeking a manager in the summer. 

The Bundesliga has become the home of many rising stars of European football such as Mario Gotze, Marco Reus and Xherdan Shaqiri, as well as seasoned internationals of wide renown such as Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery.

Although the Premier League still contains several top quality players, the strength of its teams seems to be much less than that of a few years ago; the time has long gone when there were three English teams in the Champions League semi finals as in 2008 and 2009.

Long-term success seems to be at the heart of the top German clubs and their healthy financial situation arguably reflects this.

The Guardian recently reported that the cheapest tickets in the Premier League are more expensive than their counterparts in La Liga, Serie A or the Bundesliga. This arguably displays a lack of long-term thought on the part of English clubs.

As such it seems that if the Bundesliga has overtaken the Premier League in terms of quality then it may not be overturned in the short-term as the German clubs have the players and financial stability to improve.

In contrast to this, many Premier League clubs rely too heavily on their owners to underwrite debts at the end of the year, and do not invest enough in their youth academies; something that is at the heart of Bundesliga success. 

Ultimately, it is still a matter of opinion as to whether the Bundesliga or the Premier League has more quality, and to which is a better league. However the potential success of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in this season's Champions League could well be a sign that the tides are turning, and that German football is rising as a top European power.

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