A week later, Bayern beat VfB Stuttgart to win the DFB-Pokal, earning the German champions a unique continental treble and confirming them as arguably the finest football team currently playing in Europe.
As Bayern confirmed a high-profile, money-spinning move for Dortmund’s star prodigy Mario Goetze in the offseason and look to bring in Robert Lewandowski, their main rival’s chief marksman, next season, they have attracted ire from some quarters on their financial domination of the Bundesliga in pursuit of sporting success.
Ultimately, though, it is silverware that defines a football club’s prestige, and as Bayern have become the newest member of a rich and powerful footballing powerhouse, so Manchester City will look to gatecrash the party.
Here are five reasons why a new-look City can win the treble next season. Enjoy and let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Disclaimer: A “treble” in question does not only comprise the continental version. Any three-trophy haul can be reasonably considered a treble. For the most part, we look at a domestic treble for City, though our last slide might have something to say about that…