With a comfortable 4-2 victory in the DFB Pokal cup vs Bayern Leverkusen, Bayern Munich now face the test of delivering a treble for their fans.
Saturday’s victory over Leverkusen was nothing more than routine for the Bundesliga champions as they secured their 20th German Cup. The victory over Leverkusen also saw talisman Robert Levandowski score his 50th goal of the season.
The silverware at home is locked up, Bayern are in a position to concentrate solely on the UFEA Champions League.
Now Die Bayern aren’t the only ones with half of the last 16 already wrapped up, Paris Saint-Germain, RB Leipzig, Atalanta and Atletico Madrid have already progressed into the quarter-finals.
Bayern Munich are the only ones to play a Round of 16 tie whose league has wrapped up. Meaning every training session to be dedicated before facing Chelsea on August 7th.
Bayern’s commanding position looks likely to waiver after winning the first leg 3-0 at Stamford Bridge. Meaning Chelsea faces a trip to the Allianz Arena to overturn a 3-0 deficit. Bayern have not lost at home since November, the last defeat in the Champions League came to Liverpool in the round of 16, after two horrific mistakes by veteran keeper Manuel Neuer.
But that was Bayern under Jupp Heynckes, they’ve since evolved under Hansi Flick following Niko Kovac’s dismissal in November.
Flick has made this powerhouse team scary again, before he took charge, Bayern were faltering after a series of dropped points and a thumping 5-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt.
Since Flick’s appointment in November, Die Bayern have been simply unstoppable, dropping only seven points out of a possible 72 in the Bundesliga.
Young players coming through and experienced players cementing the fact they are simply the best in Europe. Yes, I talk of Robert Levandowski who with his 51 goals this season sits atop the goalscoring charts in all of Europe. Even in the Champions League with 11 goals in the competition alone, the Pole has been simply unstoppable, leaving even his harshest critics to admit defeat and claim he is special.
If Bayern are going to do this treble, there are steps they have to take. First things first, overcome Chelsea, we’ve already established Chelsea’s hopes are slim.
Moving into the quarter-finals Bayern’s biggest threat and challengers come in the name of PSG.
Yeah, I know ‘bottle jobs’ PSG. Who, over the past three years, have thrown away massive leads in the Champions League and been knocked out.
Last season we saw the ‘Miracle in Paris’ with Manchester United overcoming a 2-0 deficit to win 3-1 and then the 16/17 we saw the collapse in Barcelona when after a 4-0 win in the first leg for the Parisians, a 6-1 loss in the second leg took them out of the competition.
However, this PSG team is different. They’ve had time with the French League cancelled due to COVID-19.
PSG have only had time to concentrate on the Champions League. The talent of Kylian Mbappe and Mauro Icardi make PSG as deadly upfront as Bayern with Levandowski, Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman.
Now the Quarter-Final and Semi-Final draw is being held on July 10th. Bayern will have to wait until then to find out who is next after Chelsea.
For me, I can not see another team left in the competition being able to beat this Bayern Munich team over two legs. So, Sunday, August 23rd Bayern Munich will complete a legendary treble in my opinion. Which even for Die Bayern will be historic as they’ll join Barcelona as the second team to win two European Trebles in their history.