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May 2, 2013

German media relishes 'dream final'

German newspapers are hailing a "traumfinale" - dream final - after Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich thrashed Barcelona 7-0 on aggregate to set up a Champions League Wembley showdown against compatriots Borussia Dortmund.

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Football paper kicker uses the word as its headline, with a picture of the Champions League trophy on a German flag next to it. "Made in Germany," the paper says and adds: "Unbelievable! FC Barcelona 0 FC Bayern 3. Historic!"

Bild, the country's biggest tabloid, says: "Bayern demolishes Barca. German final - We are Champions League."

The more conservative Frankfurter Allgemeine also favours the "dream final" angle, while Die Welt is in a celebratory mood, saying: "Germany is 2013 Champions League winner."

The paper also hails Arjen Robben, saying: "The meeting of the German giants is reality. A super-cool FC Bayern, built round front-runner Arjen Robben, ended the FC Barcelona hegemony on Wednesday."

Berlin tabloid Berliner Kurier pictures Dortmund's Robert Lewandowski and Bayern's Thomas Muller and says: "We against us," while Munich paper Abendzeitung writes: "Mind-blowing Bayern. Now give us the trophy!"

Noting that Bayern have lost two Champions League finals in the past three years, "it has to finally happen now," the paper says. It piles on the pressure, adding: "It [defeat] would be a disaster beyond all expectations: a third failure in the final in only four years, and on top of that against league rivals whom they believed to have left behind."

Nationwide daily Suddeutsche says Bayern defeated a fading force. "Admittedly, FC Barcelona is no longer the old FC Barcelona," it said.

During the game, German TV commentator Bela Rethy said: "Barcelona look like an ageing pop band, bored to death with playing their greatest hits over and over again," while a frequently-voiced question was whether the all-German final meant a "changing of guard".

The Catalan media, however, is anguished. Mundo Deportivo's cover shows downcast Barca players applauding their fans under the headline "Great Bayern" and talks about "a spent Barca".

Sport shows a frustrated Lionel Messi on the bench where he spent the whole night, lamenting: "Without D10S [god] there was no miracle."

"Humiliated and out of Europe," says Sport's website. Ricard Lopez writes that "Barca, hammered by injuries... were not up to much."

Mundo Deportivo's match report says: "The absence of Leo cooled much of the excitement in a full Nou Camp, with a team in which it seemed nobody believed in the comeback."

Assistant editor Francesc Pernarau writes, under the headline "Camp Nou is fed up with Cesc" that the blaugrana squad had regressed since easing past Bayern in the 2009 competition."

In Madrid, glee is relatively reserved given Real's exit 24 hours earlier. Marca's front page says "0-7" in huge letters below a photo of a kneeling, exhausted David Villa.

AS keeps its focus closer to home, with potential future Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti on the front, but does quote Barca defender Gerard Pique as saying that "decisions must be taken" in the summer.

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