After missing out in 1999 and 2010, Bayern Munich became the eighth team in the world to complete a historic treble. The German powerhouse won the Bundesliga for the record 23rd time.
They also defeated their fierce German rivals, Borussia Dortmund, in the Champions League final to seal their fifth European Cup. In addition to these two trophies, Bayern also won the DFB-Pokal final against VfB Stuttgart, securing their 16th DFB-Pokal trophy.
In the last few years, only Klopp’s youthful Dortmund side have been the only competition for the Bavarian giants in the German Bundesliga. Dortmund won the league in 2011 and 2012, but were unable to come close to Heynckes’ team in 2013 (Bayern Munich 91 points – Borussia Dortmund 66 points).
The outgoing Bayern manager left Bayern at the peak of European football. Pep Guardiola has inherited a team that has won it all, similar to the team he built at Barcelona.
On the topic of Barcelona, Bayern Munich humiliated the Catalan giants 7-0 on aggregate in the 2013 Champions League Semi Final. Bayern had fallen short of glory on two occasions after losing to Mourinho’s Inter in 2010 and Chelsea in 2012.
The Champions League Final was hosted at Wembley Stadium to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the English Football Association. Dortmund dominated the first 30 minutes but could not find a decisive opening goal. Manuel Neuer made several clutch saves from Lewandowski and Reus. Bayern Munich bounced back after half time and took the lead through Mario Mandžukić after excellent lead up play from Ribéry and Robben. Dortmund then hit back with a penalty which Gündoğan calmly converted. Arjen Robben sealed Bayern Munich’s 5th European Cup triumph with the winning goal in the 89 minute.
In the Bundesliga, Bayern scored a total of 98 goals and conceded only 18. It will be interesting to see how Pep Guardiola handles the newly crowned Champions of Europe from this point.