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Bayern Munich set for treble success?

Bayern are on course for the treble  (©GettyImages)
Bayern are on course for the treble (©GettyImages).

Bayern Munich just seem to get better and better - after demolishing Hamburg 9-2 last weekend, they then overpowered Italian giants Juventus in the Champions League last night.

They are on course for a historic treble, and with the way their form has been of late, most people’s money would be on them to complete it.

After heartbreak in the Champions League final in both 2010 and 2012, Bayern are really looking to make up for it this season. They have lost just once in all competitions since the turn of the year, are 20 points clear of Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga and face Wolfsburg in the semi-finals of the DFB Pokal. In what will be Jupp Heynckes last season, a treble victory would be a fitting end to what has been a very successful career.  

The sheer strength in depth Bayern possess is undeniable, take for example the past weekend, whilst Claudio Pizzarro has never been a consistent starter this season, he scored four in the 9-2 victory against Hamburg, yet found himself an unused sub against Juventus.

Now for a team that can drop a player who has just smashed in four goals in one game that shows how strong their options are. Mario Mandzukic has kept Germany striker Mario Gomes out of the team for the majority of the season, albeit Gomes has had injury problems.

The summer signing of Dante from Borussia Monchengladbach has paid dividends, as he has been an absolute rock in central defence; shoring up their past defensive frailties. Bayern also have a very strong home grown contingent, whom has all come through their youth academy; players like current captain Phillip Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Thomas Muller and Toni Kroos, coupled with the signing of perhaps the best goalkeeper in the world Manuel Neuer. 

The squad Bayern currently possess is easily the best they have had since they last won the big eared trophy back in 2001 which features the likes of Stefan Effenberg, Olivier Kahn, Giovanne Elber and Memhet Scholl, just to name a few.

The Bundesliga seems to be wrapped up and gives Bayern the opportunity to really concentrate on the Champions League and DFB Pokal, however, if Bayern fail to win either of those competitions then this season then some may look on their season with a hint of disappointment, being they have been so dominant yet only have one trophy to show for it.

This however looks highly unlikely to happen as Bayern are easily the strongest team left in the Pokal, having already knocked holders Dortmund out of the trophy and one would expect them not to have any problems in at the very least reaching the final.

Barring no mistake in the Juventus stadium; expect Bayern to be lining up the Champions League semi-finals with the hope of reaching Wembley to contest a third Champions League final in four years. 

If they are successful in these three trophies then Pep Guardiola will have some job trying to repeat that success.

 

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