Runners up in two of the last three Champions League finals, could this year be third time lucky for Bayern Munich?

With Pep Guardiola taking over the managerial hot seat at the start of next season the trophy would be a fitting farewell for current manager Jupp Heynckes.

Perhaps the incoming Guardiola will inspire the players this season with many of them wanting to make sure they’re part of his plans for the future.

They have a squad to rival anyone’s in Europe and are blessed with the majority of the German national team in Manuel Neuer, Philipp Lahm, Thomas Muller, Bastien Schweinsteiger, Toni Kroos, Holger Badstuber, Mario Gomez and Jerome Boateng.

Since last seasons defeat to Chelsea, Bayern have added joint Euro 2012 top scorer, Croatian Mario Mandzukic, who has already bagged 15 goals in 19 games for the Germans. Bayern have also added highly rated young Spaniard and potential heir to Xavi’s throne, Javi Martinez and young swiss playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri.

On top of that they still have the talents of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery to call on, making an altogether formidable squad.

With Arsenal next up in the last 16, it would be hard to back against the Germans going through to the quarter finals at the very least and perhaps only Barcelona can match their first eleven on paper.

With Madrid dependent on Ronaldo and Manchester United more functional than flamboyant these days it could be Bayern finally holding the trophy aloft at Wembley in May.

 

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