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Hot Take | Why a Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund Champions League final would make the Bundesliga the best league in the world

Hot Take | Why a Bayern Munich vs Borussia Dortmund Champions League final would make the Bundesliga the best league in the world 

On May 25, 2013, Bayern Munich went face-to-face with Borussia Dortmund at Wembley Stadium, on the grandest stage of them all: the Champions League final. In a game that saw both sides dominate large proportions of the tie, it would be Arjen Robben who scored a late winner, ensuring that Der Rekordmeister took their fifth European Cup back home to Bavaria.

Nevertheless, regardless of the scoreline that night, it was a significant moment for German football. For the first time ever, two German sides competed against one another in the final of the Champions League, highlighting just how strong the Bundesliga was becoming.

However, over the next eleven years, Bayern went on to create a stranglehold on the Meisterschale, presenting Germany’s top flight as nothing more than a predictable procession for the Bavarian giants come May.

While BvB would push, they always came up short, and as much as a new Bundesliga champion looked to be wishful thinking, another all-German Champions League final appeared impossible. Step up, Xabi Alonso.

From taking over Bayer Leverkusen in the relegation zone last season to becoming Bundesliga champions this campaign, Alonso has shown the Bundesliga that toppling Der Rekordmeister is possible.

In fact, Die Werkself have been even more dominant than Bayern ever have, making the possibility of an all-German Champions League final even more important.

For the best part of a decade, the Bundesliga has been labelled as meaningless, with the Premier League considered the ‘best league in the world’. However, now that Germany is set to receive a fifth Champions League spot, taking that honour away from England in the process, is the Bundesliga on course to finally reach the potential it dared to over ten years ago?

Why the Bundesliga may be the best league in the world

Neither Bayern nor Dortmund are the best team in Germany, and arguably, they are not even the best two or three teams. BvB currently sit in fifth after being comprehensively beaten by RB Leipzig on the weekend, while Bayern could still be overtaken this season by an up-and-coming Stuttgart side and Die Roten Bullen.

Nonetheless, if Bayern and Dortmund reach the final, they would have taken out the champions of Spain, France, and potentially England too if Arsenal are to overcome Manchester City in the title race.

Two teams that are not even the best in their own country are on course to prove why the Bundesliga is the ‘best league in the world’, something that those who watch on a weekly basis already understand.

As well as this, meeting at Wembley Stadium in the Champions League final eleven years on from that fateful night in 2013 would be perfect. What could have been a reality may still come true: the Bundesliga becoming the most enthralling league in world football.

GGFN | Will Shopland