As the Champions League draws closer, only a handful of teams have the opportunity to make history this season; by capturing the treble, and by no means will this be an easy task.
Four teams from four different countries have the best shot at completing this historic feat, let’s take a look at who it could be.
With Celtic and Barcelona having fallen at recent hurdles, Bayern Munich are one of the teams still in contention on all three fronts, having recently beaten holders Borussia Dortmund in their DFB-Pokal tie on Wednesday.
Bayern Munich have as good a chance as ever this term, and their pursuit of the treble has been a long one; but a well deserved one at that. Shaking off their disappointment in all three competitions last season, they have been nothing short of unstoppable this time round, taking the Bundesliga by storm.
With a fourteen point lead and also a game in hand, the race for the league title looks to be over, whilst they will be strong favourites after disposing of DFB-Pokal holders Borussia Dortmund in midweek. Things have been going smoothly in Europe too, travelling to London and grabbing three precious away goals in a 3-1 away win versus Arsenal, they can be almost assured of a place in the quarter-finals; and their confidence will be sky-high, beating Real Madrid over two legs last season means Bayern Munich will fear absolutely nobody in this competition, and will be strong favourites to win the treble.
A similar situation to Bayern Munich last term, Manchester United will also be looking to put a disappointing 2011-2012 behind them. The signing of Robin van Persie from Arsenal has certainly boosted their chances of completing the treble once more.
With van Persie continuing to bang in the goals for United, the Red Devils have all but beaten Manchester City to the Premier League crown with the fifteen point lead. But they face Chelsea in the F.A. Cup which will no doubt prove tricky, while a match-up against Real Madrid at Old Trafford after a 1-1 draw at the Bernabéu looks challenging.
The sheer knack of winning could see Manchester United go through in both competitions, and they should be serious contenders for completing the treble.
The hunger to be successful has seen PSG spend millions on the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Javier Pastore, Thiago Silva and snatching talented youngster Lucas Moura from the hands of Manchester United. And finally their plan for success looks to be coming to fruition.
Although the future surrounding coach Carlo Ancelotti is uncertain, their pursuit of the Ligue 1 Championship has suffered a setback, losing to 10-man Reims 1-0, but they will still be fighting right until the very end.
They are strong favourites for the Coupe de France - after overcoming Olympique de Marseille on Wednesday. Whilst they should also be very confident of overcoming Valencia in the last 16 of the Champions League, having won 2-1 at the Mestalla in the first leg. If they can continue to fight for the Ligue 1 title and cope without Ibrahimovic against Valencia, their treble chances look very good.
Shakhtar Donetsk’s dominance of Ukrainian football shows no sign of slowing down, with a 13 point lead just after the half-way point they look almost certain to retain their Premier League crown. To no-one's surprise they are favourites to claim the Ukrainian Cup too, having made swift progress to the quarter-finals. With Karpaty Lviv standing in their way, Shakhtar will be confident over progressing.
Their Champions League campaign has been great so far, one of the standout teams as they stunned Chelsea on the way to the last 16. They too have a brilliant chance of winning the treble, should they recover from their 2-2 draw with Borussia Dortmund.
Many would consider Bayern Munich to be the favourites to achieve this incredible feat, and rightfully so as they have the talent to do it, and the results have been going their way.
But you cannot rule out the likes of Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain as they too possess the talent required to complete the treble.
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