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Champions League: Borussia Dortmund humble Real Madrid

Real Madrid had no answer for the excellent Lewandowski (©GettyImages)
Real Madrid had no answer for the excellent Lewandowski (©GettyImages).

It’s not often that one team dominates European club football.

Barcelona, however, have been that team in recent years: their record in the Champions League is absolutely astounding.

However, when they were given a humbling by Bayern Munich earlier this week at the Allianz Arena many were left flabbergasted but convinced nonetheless that Real Madrid could carry Spanish football against Borussia Dortmund the next night.

Nobody, however, expected Dortmund to win in the convincing way that they did. Mourinho is dubbed the tactical master when it comes to the big games, but on the night Jurgen Klopp's men were just a class above the mastermind of Mourinho and co.

His blend of young talent such as Ilkay Gundogan, Mario Gotze and Marco Reus has set the Champions League alight. The outfit from Dortmund have now become one of the most feared teams in the whole of Europe.

Klopp's biggest asset on the night, however, was the awe-inspiring Robert Lewandowski, whose finishing was world class. From his touch to his cool finishing the number nine proved why there will be an array of clubs lining up for his signature in the summer should he leave Germany.

Real Madrid were sloppy on the night, much like Barcelona were with slack passing and poor defending. They didn’t get their traditional wing game going and Dortmund’s high-pressing stopped them from playing through the middle and utilising the ever-reliable Xabi Alonso.

The team spirit, hunger and desire kept them in the game at 1-1 - a period at which they could so easily have capitulated. As seen over the years with their national teams, Germany have a true grit which just bleeds passion.

Every player on the pitch for Dortmund gave 100%, the centre-backs were solid and commanding and, apart from the goal, deserve immense credit for outstanding performances.

The players who will probably grab the headlines are Gotze and Reus for their imperious display of creativity, vision and sheer technique which saw them outclassing what are considered to be some of the best players in the world.

German clubs have reaped the rewards from a redeveloped youth system. Much like Spain they focus on developing talent at grassroots level and producing stars of the future. It’s no wonder top clubs such as Manchester United and Chelsea will be lining up to cherry pick the best of Bundesliga talent this summer.

Both ties are technically not over and Madrid and Barcelona could pull off miraculous recoveries. However, if this week has proved anything it’s that the power balance of football is shifting and soon Germany will take the thrown of kings of European club football from Spain.

 

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