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Bayern Munich set for European domination

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Bayern Munich are on course for a treble this season (©GettyImages)
Bayern Munich are on course for a treble this season (©GettyImages).

19 May 2012, the dejected Bayern Munich team look on as a jubilant Chelsea team celebrate their first Champions League trophy. It was Bayern's second final in three years and an outstanding performance from Didier Drogba had consigned them to a second defeat. 

Arjen Robben became the scapegoat after missing a late penalty but a year on and the villain has become a hero scoring a late winner this time against arch rivals Borussia Dortmund. 

It's a huge turnaround for the Dutchman and for Bayern and this could easily be the start of a period of dominance.

They've blown away competition in this season's Champions League and aside from a shaky second leg loss to Arsenal and a blip against BATE Borisov, have looked totally imperious. They beat Juventus (Serie A winners) very comfortably and then utterly hammered Barcelona (La Liga winners) in four incredible displays.

Their showing in the final was less convincing but they were up against a high energy, youthful Dortmund side who had similarly trounced Real Madrid in the semi-final. They won the league by 25 points and are in the final of the German Cup against Stuttgart and looks set to complete a historic treble. 

No team is on the rise like this Bayern team are. Barcelona are dwindling, Madrid are full of infighting and Manchester United have just lost their biggest asset in Sir Alex Ferguson. There is no reason why Bayern shouldn't be able to ward off all competition in the future.

Their team has it all - pace, power, experience and potential. They have the individual quality in players such as Ribery and Robben.

These two cut in very effectively from the wings and are supported by Alaba and Lahm respectively, whom Graeme Souness called the best two wing backs in the world. They've got the powerful spine of Neuer, Dante (and Badstuber when he's not injured), Schweinsteiger, Martinez and Mandzukic (with Gomez in reserve, not a half bad backup striker) which all great teams of the past have had. 

However they are perhaps a quality striker short but Robert Lewandowski is almost certainly going to join them in the summer. 

Not only that but they also have some very exciting youngsters in the likes of Thomas Muller, Toni Kroos and Xherdan Shaqiri not to mention the already signed Mario Gotze from enemies Dortmund.

Then you have to take into account the incoming Pep Guardiola. He oversaw one of the most successful teams in history leading Barcelona to numerous trophies and was the most in demand man for half a season until he announced he had chosen Bayern. 

Part of his joining the club surely involved the promise of transfer funds in summer and he could well capitalise on this. Bayern are a huge club financially so he will have the money as well as the reputation to lure players to sign for him. Additionally the players will have the drive to impress under a new manager in order to secure their place in one of the most successful teams ever.

For all these reasons, the future looks bright at the Allianz Arena.

 

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