The Barcelona team of 2009 is arguably the greatest club side ever to have been assembled in the history of the game.
Before them came the Real Madrid side of 2002 with stars like David Beckham, Ronaldo, Luis Figo, Zinedine Zindane and Raul headlining the starting XI.
It is now the turn the German outfit Bayern Munich to be recognised as Europe’s most formidable squad.
With the acquisition of Mario Gotze and the appointment of Pep Guardiola, the Germans are sending out a message to the rest of Europe.
In every position of the Munich starting XI sits a skilled pioneer of the game. Bayern currently already play a flamboyant and exciting brand of football, afforded to them by the likes of Toni Kroos, Lahm, Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben; when Pep Guardiola steps in this is likely to be taken to new heights.
The German game has changed in recent years with youth like Mesut Ozil, Marco Reus, Sami Khedira and Gotze introducing a more exotic and fluid style of play as a pose to the mechanistic and dreary connotations associated with German football until recently.
Guardiola’s presence in the country and his football philosophy will not only aid Munich, but do wonders for German football on an international scale.
What was remarkable about Munich’s 4-0 victory at the Allianz arena on Tuesday night, was not the margin of victory, but the fact that the margin of victory was so well deserved against such talented opposition.
Lionel Messi was completely nullified for an entire 90 minutes, while Bastin Scweinsteiger and Javi Martinez cut off his supply by frustrating Andres Iniesta and Xavi.
Having won the title with six games to spare and with a goal difference of +75 the German’s have already made Bundesliga history. If this doesn’t foreshadow an era of European dominance over the next few years then it’s hard to see what will.
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