Manchester United and Chelsea will rule Europe again, says Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has predicted English clubs will dominate the Champions League again this season.  

Bayern are back in the competition this term after missing out last year, but Rummenigge appears less than optimistic about his side's chances should they face a Premier League club.  

'The English have stolen a march on Europe at the moment,' he said. 'The Bundesliga has fallen a long way behind clubs like (last season's finalists) Manchester United or Chelsea.  

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'If you look at the possibilities they have there, it would be a sensation if the English do not play a dominant role this year again.'   

For Rummenigge, there is one clear reason for this - money. In England many of the top teams are in the hands of rich foreign investors, but in Germany stricter rules prevent outsiders buying a majority stake in Bundesliga clubs.  

Rummenigge believes the only way the Bundesliga can become competitive again in Europe is by following the example set by the Premier League and opening the door to external investment.  

'You cannot criticise investors like Chelsea's Roman Abramovich or the Abu Dhabi Group of Manchester City,' he said.  'I would rather wish that we approach these things with a little less fear in Germany.  

'Money is now decisive in the transfer market and what happens in the transfer market is decisive for what happens on the pitch.'

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