Originally written May 02, 2013 on NESN.com:
Like Rome, tiki-taka wasn’t built in a day or two. Tiki-taka won’t fall in that short time span either. Bayern Munich hammered FC Barcelona in both legs of their UEFA Champions League semifinal, winning by an aggregate score of 7-0. The scoreline is a fair reflection of the manner in which the German club dominated its Spanish opponent over the span of two games in the spring of 2013. The lopsided result spawned reactionary headlines and stories proclaiming a “changing of the guard” at the top of the world soccer pyramid and the “end of an era” for Barcelona and its team of champions. While the “changing of the guard” theory has merit, Bayern’s (and Borussia Dortmund‘s) results and performances over the next 18-24 months will either prove or refute that idea. The stunning semifinal result only makes it clear that Bayern is better than Barcelona at this moment in time. Power at the apex of European club soccer has shifted from Spain to Germany, but time will tell if it is a temporary...
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