Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho admits the German game is currently strong and they could go far domestically and internationally.
The Spanish giants were thrashed 4-1 in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final with BVB and will need a miracle to overturn the deficit on Tuesday night to reach the final.
Bayern Munich are also in pole position to make the Wembley showpiece, having hammered Barcelona 4-0 in the first leg of their last-four clash.
And Mourinho feels that it is symptomatic of what is happening throughout German football that their best two teams should be at the business end of the competition.
“It’s not a surprise for me that Dortmund are where they are, I thought they were one of the favourites at the start of the tournament,” he said. “There is a great structure there, a great tranquility around the team and the coach.
“Both German teams are very good, without a doubt, as are the national team. There is a generation of players in Germany of great quality and they will be candidates to win the next World Cup.”
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