Last night at Signal Iduna Park, Jurgen Klopp and his young Borussia Dortmund side masterminded their way past Spanish giants Real Madrid.
Twenty-four hours after, Bayern Munich did the same in a 4-0 victory over Barcelona.
The news that Dortmund will take a three goal lead into the return leg at the Bernabeu surprised the football word. We all knew Borussia Dortmund are a great team, but even a 4-1 victory of a team of Real Madrid’s status was practically unbelievable.
We witnessed the continued emergence of Polish striker Robert Lewandowski, who has been linked with big-money moves to Manchester United and Arsenal, but Bayern Munich are the latest team to show interest - and it has been reported that they already have an agreement in place to sign the Dortmund forward.
The future can wait; let’s talk about the present where a young Dortmund side taught Jose Mourinho’s men a footballing lesson, which brings up the old saying: ‘money can't buy you success’.
That is definitely the case when you consider the difference in price in both starting line-ups from Wednesday night's Champions League encounter.
Borussia Dortmund’s line-up was a whole €263.3m cheaper than that of Real Madrid’s. Let’s take a look at the cost of the players each team paid for in their respective starting line-ups:
Total = €40.6mRoman Weidenfeller – Free
Lukasz Piszczek – Free
Neven Subotic - €4.5m
Mats Hummels - €4.2m
Marcel Schmelzer – Free
Ilkay Gundogan - €5.5m
Sven Bender - €1.5m
Jakub Blaszczykowski - €3.05m
Mario Gotze – Free
Marco Reus - €17.1m
Robert Lewandowski - €4.75m
Total = €303.9mDiego Lopez – €3.5m
Sergio Ramos – €27m
Pepe – €30m
Raphael Varane – €10m
Fabio Coentrao – €30m
Sami Khedira – €14m
Xabi Alonso – €35.4m
Mesut Ozil – €18m
Luka Modric – €30m
Cristiano Ronaldo – €94m
Gonzalo Higuain – €12m
The amounts Real Madrid paid for their stars, compared to the result of the match, is outstanding considering Kaka - often a substitute - cost more than the entire Borussia Dortmund team.
You can only credit Jurgen Klopp and the Borussia Dortmund management for managing to bring together young players mixed with the right amount of experience - and the chemistry between them all was seen on the pitch.
This will see them move on to far greater things.
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