There was talk of an El Classico Champions League final. But that was eight German goals and a Spanish footballing demise ago. 

Now we look at the probability of an all German affair at Wembley on 25th May, after two dominating displays by Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund on home soil.

Firstly we had Bayern Munich's dispatch of Barcelona, in the first leg of their Champions League Semi Final at The Allianz Stadium in Munich.

Goals from Thomas Muller 25' and 82', Mario Gomez 49' and Arjen Robben 73' saw a tactfully brilliant display from the German side, take a comfortable four goal lead to the Nou Camp next week.

Pressing and hounding the Barcelona 'tika-taka' passing moves, they broke up play and broke Catalonia hearts. With spirited attacking play and pin point passing, they broke down a frustrated Barcelona and put them to the sword. 

24 hours later it was Borussia Dortmund's turn, against another Spanish giant, Real Madrid.

With the attacking threat carried by Mario Gotze, Marcus Reus and Robert Lewandowski, Borussia Dortmund always stood a chance. But nobody expected this result.

Four goals from Lewandowski, (the first time that has ever been achieved by a single player, in the Champions League semi-finals), gave Dortmund a 4-1 lead going to the Bernabeu in a weeks time. Even when Cristiano Ronaldo's equalising goal on 43 minutes looked to shake the German side. It was a fantastically energised and attack minded display, that saw them comfortably through to the return leg. 

With both German sides dominating on home soil, it's hard to see even the elite forces of Barcelona and Real Madrid over-turning these results. 

However, if any teams are capable of a big comeback it's these two, but with Barcelona having to score five unanswered goals at the Nou Camp, and Real having to score three unanswered at the Bernabeu. They look to be dead and buried before a ball is even kicked on Spanish soil.

One game doesn't predict a whole future of  in European football. But Barcelona and Real Madrid will have to pull off miracles to re-establish their untainted reputation.

With the German sides dominating so overwhelmingly in the first leg, there will inevitably be questions posed of a shift in greatness of club football.

So has the greatness in European football turned to German shores, or is it too early to tell? Can the Spanish elite pull of two of the greatest come backs in Champions League history?

Either way, it's a mouth watering prospect as we look ahead to the second legs of the semi-finals.

 

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