Victims of the 2012-13 Champions League: Dortmund, Barcelona and the EPL

Tom LaneContributor IIIApril 24, 2013

Potential a cost?
Potential a cost?Harold Cunningham/Getty Images

This season has been one of negativity both for English and Spanish clubs in the UEFA Champions League—well, if you believe what the newspapers say!

Spanish giants Barcelona, despite being on top of La Liga, are on the brink of European failure and are already out of the Copa Del Rey. Therefore, their season can be seen as a failure.

Many pundits and fans believe the Barcelona dominance is now over despite being commonly known as the best team in the world the past few years.

The season has also seen major criticism levelled at English football with no English teams appearing in the quarterfinals of the Champions League for the first time in 17 years.

Manchester City have created one of the most unwanted records in European football as the first English team to fail to win a game.

Manchester United lost to semifinalists Real Madrid in controversial circumstances, Arsenal crashed out on away goals against German champions Bayern Munich and Chelsea went out at the group stage behind Shakhtar Donetsk and Juventus.

Have we seen the demise of both La Liga and the Premier League? Will an English team win the Champions League again?

The media tends to overreact to many things, and I believe that this season in European football has been the same.

Barcelona still have two of the 2012 Ballon d'Or nominees and the winner, who is one of the two best players in the world.

The financial support received by English clubs means they will be back stronger than ever, especially with the new TV deal increasing what each can spend.

This has been and is a golden year for German football with the strength of Bayern and Dortmund evident, with both teams looking to book a final place with first-leg semifinal results going their way.

But the rumoured departure of Lewandowski (via and confirmed departure of Goetze to Bayern could see Dortmund be real victims of the 2012-13 Champions League, with their success potentially costing them players.

Dortmund's lack of financial strength could see them targeted by big-spending and financially superior opposition.

This season has seen many teams fall victim to failure, but could the biggest victim be a victim of success?