Past Demons Spur on Bayern Munich in the Champions League

Tomorrow my travels take me to Dortmund where Borussia Dortmund should secure safe passage as the first German club into the last four of the Champions League.

You might already have heard elsewhere in dispatches that the record German champions Bayern Munich wrapped up a 22nd championship title at the weekend to absolutely nobody’s surprise.

A narrow 1-0 win in Frankfurt sealed a first domestic league title for three years, achieved under that fiery Dutch coach Louis van Gaal. Not quite a trophy drought like Arsenal are ‘enjoying’ under Arsene Wenger, but for a club of Bayern’s stature it was certainly high time that the cabinet was given a makeover and spring clean.

Dortmund’s recent domination of the Bundesliga with titles in 2011 & 2012, coupled with a massively humiliating Cup Final thrashing in Berlin, has undoubtedly spurred the Bavarians onto greater things this campaign.

Don’t be fooled though. Bayern must still carry the painful scars of those second place finishes last time around. The ‘Fiasco Dahoam’ in the Champions League final, serves as a most bitter reminder of abject failure in their own backyard.

In my opinion, there’s still a need to completely exorcise the Chelsea Trauma. This long-overdue Bundesliga title is just a baby step on the road to full recovery. Complete rehabilitation can only be secured with the treble, and that means adding the Champions League and German Cup silverware.

As Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer observed, “It’s a very good season till now. We can proud of our league performances. However, if this is our only title, then we will all be disappointed.”

Wouldn’t it be ironic if it’s Borussia Dortmund, their noisiest neighbour that stands in Bayern’s ‘Wembley Way’ in a mouth-watering Champions League final clash in May?

Header courtesy of Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters 
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Mark Lovell

Mark is an English freelance bilingual writer, living and working in Germany since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Interact via Email or follow me on twitter @LovellLowdown and check out my site at www.lovelllowdown.com

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