After the astonishing results in the first legs of the Champions League semi-finals, Germany have sent shockwaves through European football - how could the giants of Madrid and Barcelona both lose so heavily?

It wasn't just the nature of the result that shocked everyone, but the performances too, these results were certainly no smash and grab. With Bayern being drawn against the mighty Barcelona, many predicted a close first leg, with Barcelona possibly nicking a victory at the Allianz Arena; but what subsequently followed was astounding. Bayern Munich were certainly up for the occasion and produced a perfect display, beating the Catalan giants 4-0.

Borussia Dortmund; who were already on a high after overcoming Malaga in a thrilling second leg match, faced Real Madrid. Again, like the Bayern-Barca tie, experts predicted a tight game, but once again, this was not the case. 

A Robert Lewandowski inspired Dortmund breezed past Real Madrid 4-1, with Lewandowski making his own history by becoming the first ever player to score four goals against Madrid in a European competition, a truly incredible achievement.

These two games have confirmed that German teams are beginning to emerge as a major force in European football, could it lead to a decline in Barcelona and Real Madrid? Perhaps so, but for now the Germans are really stamping down their authority

With the Germans being in the shadows on the European stage for many years , it is no coincidence that they are now beginning to emerge, just like the Spanish did back in 2008. 

The Germans have invested heavily in youth development and the improvement of youth facilities, something that would take time, but that didn't matter to the Germans. Having seen the Premier League become infested with an excessive amount of foreign talent, the Germans didn't want the Bundesliga to end up the same.

If you look at the Bundesliga today, the vast majority of players in it are German, which not only helps their national side, but the league too.

There may well be a power shift in European football, and the English are taking note of this, recently the St Georges Park complex was built to aid youth development. One thing is clear, if you want to succeed domestically, you should be producing your own home grown talent, not purchasing every foreign player you can find like the Premier League has, because it stifles the potential of future English stars. If England ever want to win a major tournament again, they should take a leaf out of the German's book and begin domestically by nurturing their own talent, one thing is for sure, watch out for the Germans in years to come!

 

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