In view of the quite remarkable results, particularly those of FC Bayern, who recorded a 7-0 aggregate victory over the mighty Catalans, the continental press have been falling over themselves in recognising the sheer brilliance of Germany's top two. Here's a snap-shot of what they said...
Die Welt: "It was the beginning of a new era. Bayern not only humiliated Barcelona for the second time in a week, they did it by doing the things that Barcelona do, only better. After twelve years, there will be another German winner of the Champions League, and that’s a reason to be proud.”
Bild: "For the first time in the history of the Champions League, there will be an all-German final. It was a demonstration of power against what was once the best team in the world."
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: “You have to have sympathy for Barcelona, who were emphatically dethroned by Bayern for the second time in a week. Bayern vs. Dortmund is a dream final.”
Süddeutsche Zeitung: "Fussball is coming home. "The likelihood of Bayern not lifting the trophy is about as equal as right-hand driving being introduced in England.”
Sport: "Barca have been humiliated. They said goodbye to the Champions League in the most cruel and painful way possible: suffering another heavy defeat against Bayern who, on aggregate, have unloaded on them 7-0.”
El Confidencial: "Barcelona will need plastic surgery to stand up again after this.”
The Daily Mail: “No surprises here. It will be an all-German Champions League final at Wembley three weeks on Saturday.”
The Telegraph: “This was more than a result, more than a thrilling, ruthless performance by Bayern Munich. This was a statement of German power, of a Bundesliga rampant. Bayern and Borussia Dortmund, the best two teams in Europe, will contest the Champions League final at Wembley on May 25.”
The Guardian: “Bayern were simply too refined, too strong and too expertly assembled and, over the two legs, an aggregate victory of 7-0 does not flatter them in the slightest.”