Bayern Munich Favorites for Champions League Title After Whipping Barcelona

Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterMay 1, 2013

The deconstruction of FC Barcelona is complete. Bayern Munich now have their chance at history.

Bayern Munich whipped Barcelona 3-0 at Barca's Camp Nou on Wednesday to finish off an impressive 7-0 aggregate victory in the UEFA Champions League semifinals. Following a 4-0 victory last week in Munich, Bayern again dominated Barca, humbling the team that had been the continent's best for much of the past half-decade.

So, should Bayern be considered favorites in the final at Wembley on May 25? In a word, yes.

Bayern reclaimed the Bundesliga title this season, clinching the league in record time and setting several other records along the way. In the last two rounds of the Champions League, Bayern's performances have been just as astounding.

In the quarterfinals, Bayern outclassed Italian champions-elect Juventus 4-0 over two legs. Then they made mighty Barcelona look average—and set more records in the process.

0 - The last time Barcelona failed to score in either leg of a European tie was the 2008 semi-final vs Manchester United. Blank.

— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 1, 2013

The 7-0 defeat was the worst suffered by Barcelona in a two-legged European tie. And Bayern's 3-0 win tied a record for the heaviest away win in Champions League semifinal history. Ajax (in 1996 against Panathinaikos) and Bayern (2010 against Lyon) previously set the mark.

All of this, coupled with Bayern's talented, experienced roster and excellent coaching staff, make the Bavarians favorites for Champions League glory later this month.

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