Two German teams producing attacking soccer! Unbelievable but true.
Eventual winners Bayern Munich and the impressive Borussia Dortmund rocked Wembley in London with a stunning display worth watching all night.
There had to be only one winner. That was Bayern for the first time in three finals in the last four years for their fifth European crown. But Dortmund won the hearts of fans world wide for showing the kind of flair that shook their mighty opponents out of their self-imposed slumber early on.
The Germans are famous for building and rebuilding the ‘Berlin Wall’ at major soccer games at the club and country levels. But this was something that was a far cry, refreshingly, from that approach.
The foreign components on either side must be credited for this display. But the architects on both sides - Jurgen Klopp for Dortmund and Jupp Heynckes for Bayern - are both German and deserve kudos for a great final.
Dortmund’s ploy was simple. They packed the defence with four to five men, had four men function in close proximity in midfield and push Polish striker Robert Lewandowski or Marcel Schmelzer upfront. Bayern gave back exactly what they received. The French-Dutch combo of Ribery and Robben sprang to life a trifle late but once they did so, they enabled Bayern wrest the initiative and threaten Dortmund frequently.