What transpired this week in the Champions League is something no one saw coming.
Both Barcelona and Real Madrid have been destroyed by German opposition in the form of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund respectively.
The matches were poised evenly but almost everyone favored the Spanish sides to go through to the final for an ultimate El Clasico.
The first semi-final was the main spectacle with the Bavarian giants taking on the heavyweights from Catalunya. The presence of Lionel Messi in the starting lineup was the main headline as Barca gambled on his presence to shake Bayern’s confidence, similar to the way he did against Paris Saint-Germain. It was Bayern though who came out of the blocks all guns blazing as they dominated the game despite having much less possession than Barca.
Madrid were the favorites in the other match but succumbed as served up a master class in counter attacking football, something Madrid are renowned for. Mario Gotze, Ilkay Gundogan and Marco Reus all shined but it was Robert Lewandowski who stole the show with some brilliant first touches and impeccable finishing which left the Los Blancos defense in utter tatters. Never before had a player scored four goals against a team in the semi-finals of the Champions League. Die Borussen.
Only at the beginning of the week was Barcelona's Gerard Pique quoted as saying: "The period when football was defined as a sport of 11 against 11 which the Germans always won is behind us.
"And it is us who has ended it."
And before this week almost everyone would have agreed with Pique. It seemed like an uphill task but after the Germans dispatched of both the Spanish teams and the manner in which they did so it seems more like German era has only just begun.
All is not lost for Barca and Madrid, especially the latter who scored what might turn to be a tie changing away goal. Both teams will have a chance to prove their worth to the football community at their respective homes next week.
Win or lose, whatever the result is, the second leg is going to be historic.
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