Former Germany and Bayern Munich captain Michael Ballack has suggested that German football is on the decline after the recent showing in the Champions League. A Bundesliga-based outfit has made the quarter-final stage of the competition in each of the past 12 seasons but the same won’t happen this time around after Bayern, Schalke and Borussia Dortmund were eliminated at the round of 16.
Bayern have largely dominated the progress when it comes to the European competitions over the past decade but they themselves faced a slump with Liverpool ousting them by a comfortable 3-1 aggregate during the last 16 stage of the Champions League. Meanwhile, with the downfall of Germany’s dominance, there has been the notable upturn in form for the Premier League clubs with Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool making the progress to the quarters.
As such, there remains a strong chance of one of the English teams winning the elite competition this term but they still have the threat from Juventus and Barcelona, who have been regulars for the finals over the past seven years. Juventus have reached the final of the Champions League in two of the previous four seasons. Barcelona previously bagged the European title four years ago.