Premier League clubs have been heavily criticised for their exploits in Europe this season, but in what was a quirky twist of fate, a team from Germany provided a much needed ray of light.
Crucially, from an English perspective, there will be no Italian representation in the last eight of the Champions league. English clubs needed to out-perform their Italian counterparts in this season's Champions League and Europa League to ensure the 4th spot in the Premier League still commands entry to Europe's premier competition. With Juventus's participation in this year's tournament ended and Lazio being dumped out by Sparta Prague, that much coveted fourth spot will be safe for another year at least.
Munich's wonderful second-half display against The Old Lady last week gave Manchester City fan's a sneak preview of what they can expect next season. After the reigning Serie A champions raced into an unlikely 2-0 lead, Bayern's relentless pressure and mesmeric passing eventually wore them down.
Pep Guardiola told reporters in his post-match press conference he didn't care who his side draws. You can be sure he had a mini fist pump moment though when he saw Benfica's name pulled from the hat.
Fans of the Premier League will just be thankful that Juventus pulled the short straw in drawing Bayern in the knockout round of the last 16.