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Franz Roth: Winning the treble is 'no illusion' for Bayern

Franz Roth: Winning the treble is 'no illusion' for Bayern

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The former Roten midfielder has backed their chances of success this season following Wednesday's cup win over Borussia Dortmund.

Bayern Munich legend Franz Roth believes the club have a very real chance of winning the treble this season after sealing a place in the DFB Pokal semifinal with a 1-0 win over Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday.

The Bavarians currently hold a 17-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga, and they have all but sealed a place in the last eight of the Champions League with a 3-1 away victory over Arsenal in the first leg of the round of 16.

"[Wednesday] was a very intense game with a deserved winner in Bayern. This season, Dortmund are too small for FCB, and with the form they showed on Wednesday, the treble for Bayern is no illusion," Roth wrote in his column for TZ.
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"It is clear that this cup match will not be the last explosive duo between the sides. Maybe they will soon meet in the Champions League.

"These two teams will come to dominate German football. Through the last two league titles, they [Dortmund] have incited Bayern to improve. This is a positive rivalry that will make both teams better."

Bayern has been heavily linked with a move for striker Robert Lewandowski, who will not extend his current Dortmund contract.

Although Franz Beckenbauer claimed Bayern does not need to sign Lewandowski due to the forward options already at the club's disposal, Roth insists that the club cannot have too many players of such a caliber.

"When the caliber of Lewandowski is on the market, then you have to strike," Roth added. "I do not believe [Mario] Mandzukic and [Mario] Gomez will be around forever. My opinion, you cannot have too much quality at this level."

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