Two months ago the majority of English football fans would have answered Manchester United if asked: “who could win the treble this season?”
United were in full flow in early February and had the FA Cup and Champions League to play for alongside a relatively easy domestic campaign. As we steer towards May, however, the two cup competitions are long forgotten and Sir Alex Ferguson must content himself with a league title for his troubles.
Yet the treble is still on, only not in England.
Bayern Munich are on course for a historic achievement after sweeping aside Wolfsburg 6-1 to reach the German Cup final. The Bundesliga giants have already wrapped up their 23rd top-flight title in record time this season and having beaten Juventus 4-0 on aggregate in the Champions League quarter-finals, thrashed Barcelona 4-0 in the first leg of their semi-final.
Life has never looked so good as it does now for Bayern, who are set to appoint former Barca boss Pep Guardiola as their new head coach this summer.
Having reached and lost two of the last three Champions League finals, seen the Bundesliga title twice snatched from their hands by Dortmund and been kept apart from the DFB Cup since 2010, recent years have proven tortuous for Bayern fans who like to bet on football but now the good times are set to come back.
Their squad boasts some of the best players in the world with Xherdan Shaqiri, Arjen Robben and Mario Mandzukic proving their world-class credentials with dominating displays while Germany’s Mario Gomez recently netted a six-minute hat-trick.
Thomas Muller is possibly the most in-form midfielder on the continent right now and has the productive Bastian Schweinsteiger always alongside for comfort.
Bayern’s performance on Tuesday epitomised their dominance in Germany – they’ve won their last 12 games – and most football betting news writers think that stranglehold is set to get tighter when Guardiola and the focus of European football turns towards Munich this summer.