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Man Utd legend Neville: Bundesliga style now the blueprint

Manchester United legend Gary Neville is full of praise for Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund after last week's Champions League success.

Neville wrote in the Mail on the Sunday: "Having watched a lot of Champions League football this season and having been at Borussia Dortmund's 4-1 win over Real Madrid on Wednesday, it is clear that modern football is ever-changing and getting better.

"For me, the best teams in the world are now taking even more risks and playing with incredible energy. They are the teams that attack in great numbers and then get back into their defensive shape the quickest.

"It's about responding the fastest, both mentally and athletically. The basic principles of going forward as a team and getting back as a team haven't changed. But more players are going forward than ever; and responding and recovering quicker to get back.

"And no team exemplify that change more than Borussia Dortmund. They were stunning on Wednesday, and I don't use that word lightly. It wasn't that they had more ability or that we saw some of the greatest players of all time, as we do in Cristiano Ronaldo or Leo Messi.

"What was stunning was that this group of young men have the energy, intelligence and quality that only the exceptional teams have.

"At this level, the technical ability and talent are a given. But it is their energy and organisation that make the difference."

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