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Is this Bayern Munich team the best of the last decade?

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Bayern Munich are getting stronger and stronger. (©GettyImages)
Bayern Munich are getting stronger and stronger. (©GettyImages).

Bayern Munich last season dominated Europe, they won the treble and their demolition of teams especially FC Barcelona illustrated to football fans everywhere just how powerful their side is - but is it the best in the last decade?

Bayern Munich lifted the Champions League last season for the fifth time, wiping the floor of Juventus and FC Barcelona and then going on to beat Borussia Dortmund in the final.

Munich beat Juventus 4-0 on aggregate and also beat Barcelona 7-0 on aggregate. Two of Europe's giants were washed away by Munich, and their all round team is authoritative. But, is this the most dominant European side of the last decade?

There have been many fantastic teams in the last decade the likes of Real Madrid, AC Milan and Pep Guardiola's Barcelona, but Guardiola's new side may just be the greatest of them all.

Bayern won back the Bundesliga last season and finished 25 points ahead of second place Borussia Dortmund. They have started 2013/14 well again, sitting top of the Bundesliga one point ahead of Dortmund.

Bayern's complete squad is solid and the squad is capable of adapting to different injuries. The bench can often be called upon to make changes, and the quality that is in the squad means Bayern can be a success in all competitions - hence their treble winning season last year.

However, it is not only the depth that makes this team so superior. The team itself is almost faultless from attackers to defenders Bayern have it all.

Manuel Neuer is conceivably the best goalkeeper in the world and kept Bayern in front in London last year when they won back the Champions League. His efforts for club and country make him one of the best.

Their centre-backs are cogent, but some would say it is their weakest position. Although the European champions do not have to rely on their defence regularly, any mistakes are highlighted.

Dante last season was a key player for Bayern, and has continued to impress this season, and although his partner Jerome Boateng is usually equally impressive, his consistency can be questioned.

As a centre-back there is not much room for error but Boateng occasionally can make silly mistakes.

Their wing-backs are undoubtedly some of the best in the world. David Alaba thrives off running forward and almost always supports Franck Ribery down the left flank. However, Alaba's defending is also top notch: marking, tackling and positioning are vital to a defenders game and Alaba boasts all three.

It should also be noted that Alaba can shoot as well and has netted six times in total for Bayern.

Philipp Lahm is one of the most experienced players in world football, and is both Germany and Bayern Munich captain. At the back, Lahm commands the defence well and keeps the defence well organised but also helps going forward and new manager Guardiola has positioned him as a defensive midfielder, providing him with a more central role and allowing him to lead the team more.

Lahm is now allowed to venture a bit more and his replacement Rafinha is also a solid right-back and has rewarded Pep with some great performances.

The midfield is probably Bayern's strongest section. Bayern's wingers are Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben - some of the games most decorated wingers - and are always a big part of Bayern's successes.

Thomas Muller and Bastian Schweinsteiger usually play as Bayern's central midfielders and combined make a fantastic pairing. Schweinstieger will sit deeper allowing Muller to play closer to goal, but his work rate means that he is usually back to help out the defence as well.

Javi Martinez, Toni Kroos and Mario Goetze are also great players and also contribute to Bayern's monstrous midfield. Martinez does a similar job to Bastian whereas the others more similar to Muller's role.

Bayern's striker is Mario Mandzukic and completes the Bayern side, and will often finish off the Bayern moves.

Mandzukic has scored 22 goals since joining the European champions, and although in the striker position Bayern may be thin on the ground with Mandzukic fit they have the complete squad.

So is this dynamic Bayern Munich side the best side of the last decade? Leave your comments below....

 

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