Last season's Champions League was dominated by Germany.

Not many would have called an all German final at Wembley, but there was no doubt who the worthy Champions were.

Bayern Munich produced an incredible display of football to dispose of arguably the greatest side of all time Barcelona, 7-0 on aggregate in the Semi Final.

And Borussia Dortmund, a team that has recently become one of the best in European football, stunned giants Real Madrid to make it to the final.

But Arjen Robben and co. made up for their home final defeat to Chelsea with a fine performance to win their fifth European Cup.

And the way things are going, it will take something vey special to stop them, and here's why...

1. The manager

Jupp Heynckes stood down as manager at the end of last season, having led Bayern to a historic treble last season.

In came Pep Guardiola, a man who had achieved incredible success at Barcelona, many people said how easy a job Guardiola has in Munich.

Even with a great squad, defending the Champions League would be some achievement, especially as no team has ever defended it.

2. The Squad

German football has been hailed in many ways, especially for the amount of young players coming through the academies.

14 players of the current Bayern squad are German, and the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger and captain Philipp Lahm have come through Bayern's youth system.

They have some of the best players in the world, with the likes of Franck Ribery, Javi Martinez and Thomas Muller.

Over the summer they also completed the signing of Mario Gotze from rivals Dortmund, and the possible arrival of Robert Lewandowski will only make Bayern an even better team, a scary amount of world class forwards.

3. They have made a flying start to this season

Unbeaten in the Bundesliga, and Guardiola already has his first trophy, after beating Chelsea on penalties to win the Super Cup.

But their Champions League performance at Manchester City was an example of attacking football at its best. If they can rip City apart to shreds, then it is frightening to think what they can do to everyone else.

Bayern have the players and the manager to conquer Europe once again, and it looks very difficult at the moment to see anyone than the German giants to retain their Champions League title.

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