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Lothar Matthäus: ‘Bayern won’t win a Champions League for the next five years’

Lothar Matthäus has been talking about Bayern Munich again, and he didn’t have many nice things to say. In an article on SportBild, the former Bayern Munich and West Germany star espouses a number of opinions about the club. Chief amongst them was this little nugget, which is totally not hot take-ish at all:

Bayern will be [Bundesliga] champions for the next five years, but never Champions League winners!

It’s been five years since the historic 2013 treble under Jupp Heynckes, and most Bayern Munich fans consider another Champions League title long overdue. While six straight Bundesliga titles have come with relatively little fuss, the big-eared trophy remains elusive. Every year since 2013, Bayern have come agonizingly close, only to falter in the semifinals four out of five times, almost always to the eventual winners (the exception was Atletico Madrid in 2016).

Matthäus explains that, due to Bayern’s superiority in the league, the club should have no problem retaining the Bundesliga title for the next five years. However, in his estimation, there are six to eight clubs in Europe that are at least as good as Bayern, which makes it difficult for the Bavarians to achieve international glory. Citing PSG and the English clubs as chief threats, Matthäus says that without stringent Financial Fair Play regulations in place, there is no chance for the Bavarians to win the Champions League.

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