It has been twelve years since Bayern Munich last tasted Champions League success.
However following the 4-0 win over Spanish giants Barcelona on Tuesday night few would bet against the newly crowned Bundesliga champions going all the way to Wembley and lifting the prestigious trophy once again.
Have a look and see how the German powerhouse can potentially overtake Barcelona as football's most dominant team.There are very few people in the world who could have predicted that Bayern Munich would hammer the mighty Barcelona 4-0 in the Champions League semi final first leg on Tuesday night.
However thanks to goals from Mario Gomez, Arjen Robben and a double from Thomas Muller, that is exactly what happened and put the new Bundesliga champions on the brink of reaching the final of Europe's most prestigious club competition for the second time in as many years. This time however, the German side are out to avenge the loss to Chelsea on home soil 12 months ago.
But it's not just the Champions League that Bayern can afford to smile about, former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola will become the head coach of the Bavarian club at the end of the season the Bundesliga champions have already flexed their muscles in the transfer market, agreeing a £32 million deal with rival's Borussia Dortmund for highly rated attacking midfielder, Mario Gotze.
And as big a reputation as Guardiola has, even he must be wondering how he can improve the side based on how Bayern have performed so far this season. He may try to implement the tika-taka style to the German champions, whether it crosses over remains to be seen.
On April 6th, Bayern finally regained the Bundesliga title after coming up short to Borussia Dortmund in the previous two campaigns. The league championship was secured as the Bavarian side defeated Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 and set a new record by winning the Bundesliga with still six games to go, the club remain 20 points clear at the top of the table, clearly not taking their foot off the gas despite achieving success.
Bayern also defeated Wolfsburg 6-1 in the semi final of the German cup and will meet Stuttgart with the opportunity to complete a treble winning season, the match takes place on June 1.
The signing of Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic following an impressive Euro 2012 campaign paid dividends as the tall forward is the club's top scorer in his first season with 21 goals in all competitions. The versatile Thomas Muller has also enjoyed a fantastic return to form this season, the 23 year old can play in a number of different forward positions and has scored 20 goals in all competitions including 12 in the Bundesliga. With world class talent throughout the squad, many feel it's now time that Bayern Munich make their mark in world football once again.
Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, Toni Kroos, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Phillip Lahm and Manuel Neuer are all rated among some of the best players in their respective positions. As stated previously, Bayern have one foot in the Champions League final at Wembley following the 4-0 demolition of Barcelona at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday night. If Bayern are successful in completing the tie, the German side will face either domestic rivals' Borussia Dortmund or the team they defeated in the Champions League semi final last year, Real Madrid. One thing is for certain, whoever comes up against the newly crowned Bundesliga champions will know they are against one of the best teams' in the world.
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