Dortmund and Bayern, the new European powerhouses.

Following 2012 finalist Bayern Munich’s 4-0 hammering of Barcelona Tuesday, Dortmund’s first-leg victory was a further indication ahead of next week’s return legs in Spain that the balance of power in European football may be shifting.

In summary:

In the two meetings the Spanish teams  had 953 passes and scored 1 goal. German’s Bayern and Dortmund had combined only 558 passes but scored 8 goals. Tiki Taka Soccer is over. Time for new leadership. And the two coaches Pep Guardiola of Barcelona fame, and Mourinho currently at the helm of Real Madrid, who everyone has been called kingmakers for the last few years, have recognized this shift already and have left or are leaving for brighter shores. Munich and probably Chelsea respectively.

Now the big question for me is can this German upswing on the club level carry over into the National Team and can the German Mannschaft win it all in 2014 for the World Cup in Brazil.

But, before I get ahead of myself. I have to say, I’ve never been more excited about the Champions League – what a week to be a German soccer fan.