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Bayern Munich can dominate for next five years

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Bayern won the Champions League last weekend (©GettyImages)
Bayern won the Champions League last weekend (©GettyImages).

After the heartache of losing the Champions League final on penalties in their own stadium to underdogs Chelsea last season, Bayern Munich's luck finally changed as they won the battle of Germany against Borussia Dortmund to win the 2013 Champions League final.

This comes after winning the Bundesliga title by a staggering 25 points. They are also hot favourites to win the German Cup against Stuttgart, which would complete the treble.

So, with that in mind, you'd have thought that's the highest they can peak. But if you believe that then think again.

A lot of credit has to go to the departing Jupp Heynckes for building this team, especially last summer with five signings - but incoming manager, Pep Guardiola, will have arguably the strongest squad of players at his disposal. And now that Sir Alex Ferguson has retired, he could be considered as the best manager in the world after he built Barcelona teams that made Real Madrid and Manchester United look distinctly average.

The Bayern board are clearly hungry for more trebles and this appointment has put fear into the whole of Europe. 

Moving away from Bayern slightly, the fact we had an all-German final after Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund both outclassed Barcelona and Real Madrid respectively led to many claiming the Bundesliga as the best league in the world.

All of a sudden the Bundesliga went from unspoken to a worldwide phenomenon. But why was there an all-German final? Why was the difference between them and likes of Arsenal and Manchester City from the Premier League or Barcelona and Real Madrid so different?

The answer is that the financial state of German football is secure and sustainable. Bayern Munich are rich and they can afford to spend millions on improving their squad which is why they went one better this year perhaps.

Younger players have more opportunities in Germany; clubs don't demand a big-name signing as much as Premier League clubs which is why there isn't a 25-point gap between the top two teams.

So, is the Bundesliga better than the Premier League? The answer is no. The drama and surprises the Premier League springs up doesn't happen in the Bundesliga.

Promoted teams rarely survive; Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Schalke always dominate the top three. Other teams flirt but it is now becoming a one-team league.

So with Guardiola - the current greatest manager in the world - coming into a possible treble-winning team and with the impressive financial backing to add to the fantastic squad with world-class players like Robben, Ribery, Lahm, Neuer, Schweinsteiger and many more, you should all be convinced that European football will be dominated by Bayern Munich for at least the next five years.

But if all that isn't enough then there is more to come. As we've all heard, Bayern Munich have already been preparing for next season before this one even ended after confirming the acquisition of Borussia Dortmund playmaker Mario Gotze for £31m.

He is the hottest new talent of German football and, at the age of 20, can only get better and better. Also, if you're Manchester United, Manchester City, Real Madrid or Chelsea, a team who could challenge Bayern in the Champions League, well think again.

The aforementioned clubs have all been linked with a move for Robert Lewandowski, who scored 36 for Dortmund this season and has agreed to join Bayern Munich, according to his agent for what will be another huge transfer fee.

That should wrap up the Bundesliga title with their closest challenger's two best player joining them.

So this should make you admit that Bayern Munich are now the kings of Europe and should sit on that throne for while. It looks hard for even Barcelona or "The Special One" to come close to competing against Bayern.

Guardiola isn't stupid and will realise there are improvements to be made. He can make the team go unbeaten in the season, be the first team to retain the Champions League and also be the first team to win back-to-back trebles.

With all that to play for I cant see complacency creeping in. I fear for Europe: Bayern Munich are coming.

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