After the Champions League semi-finals this season, a lot of people have been suggesting that the tide has changed and that the German clubs have confirmed their position as Europe's best.
When the draw was made it was a exciting prospect as both Germany and Spain's two best clubs would be going head to head, but no one could have predicted the humiliation that Barcelona would suffer at the hands of Munich.
An embarrassing 4-0 defeat in the first leg left the Catalans with little hope of reaching the Champions League. However, many pundits suggested the tie was far from over as an early goal at the Camp Nou could change everything, yet when it was revealed that Barca's talisman Lionel Messi would be unfit for the game it was a huge blow. Bayern went on to stun the footballing world with a crushing 3-0 win at the home of the team widely regarded as the best in the world, not only that but it was one of the biggest aggregate wins in Champions League history with the overall score 7-0.
In the other semi-final, it was a battle of the second placed teams in their respective leagues. The two sides met in the group stages of the competition with Dortmund winning the first 2-1 and drawing away at the Bernabeu 2-2, they would go on the win the group.
The first leg at the Westfalenstadion would prove to be a historic night for the star striker Lewandowski as he scored all four goals in the 4-1 demolition of the La Liga champions. After the unbelievable ending to the quarter-final against Malaga this would prove to be another memorable night for the Dortmund faithful.
However, similar to the other semi-final many people suggested this tie was far from over and that the away goal could prove crucial. The second leg at the Bernabeu would prove to be a very open match with plenty of chances for both sides in the first half, during the second half Madrid began to dominate and set up a tense finish with two goals in the space of five minutes.
Nevertheless Dortmund hung on to set up an all German final and their first European final since their triumph in 1997. Due to the nature of the defeats to the Spanish sides in which they were totally outplayed the thought among the footballing world is that the balance of power may be shifting.
One thing is for certain, that a German club will be lifting Europe's top competition this season.
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