As Bayern Munich were finally crowned Champions League winners many started to ponder the growing strength of the Bundesliga and more specifically in comparison with the Premier League. It looks set to eclipse the Premier League, but why?
The most obvious answer as to why German football is stronger than English football is that two German teams were represented in the final of the greatest club competition in the world.
No English side made it past the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Knockout competitions are always about the draw but of the four teams to enter the Champions League, not even the mighty Manchester United could negate their way through.
Chelsea may have went on to win the Europa League but Rafa Benitez always said that Champions League qualification was the priority.
A key strength is the Bundesliga is retaining its best players and beginning to attract big names, with the greatest being the arrival of Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich. Now more than ever you can see big names opting to stay in Germany rather than move.
Even David Moyes, the new Manchester United manager spoke of how he wants to one day ply his trade in Germany.
German teams also blew aside the so-called super teams of Real Madrid and Barcelona en route to their clash at Wembley for the Champions League final.
Borussia Dortmund beat Real Madrid 4-3 on aggregate while Bayern Munich eased Barcelona aside 7-0 on aggregate. Spain may not be the best league but the two best sides in Europe if not the world were comfortably beaten. Not even British teams can do that.
You could say that Chelsea beat Barcelona in last year’s Champions League but Chelsea did not win that game, Barcelona merely lost it. If you cast your mind back to the final between Manchester United and Barcelona in 2009 you can see that it was quite simply decimation.
The Bundesliga is not the best League in the world but they are well on their way and look set to eclipse the Premier League.
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