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The Bavarians chief thinks the current group, coached by Pep Guardiola, is stronger even than the side 45 years ago which had Gerd Muller and Franz Beckenbauer

Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge believes the club are potentially going through the best-ever spell in their 114-year history.

February 27 marks the Bavarians' birthday and title victories in the Bundeliga, the Champions League, DFB-Pokal, Uefa Super Cup and Club World Cup in the past 12 months means they can celebrate in some style.

With Pep Guardiola's side sitting top of the league by an astonishing 19 points in the current campaign, and with a 2-0 first-leg advantage secured over Arsenal in Europe, Rummenigge is contemplating the possibility that the current Roten players form the best collection that the German giants have ever seen.

"Last season was simply brilliant," the former West Germany star told Bayern's official website. "We're writing a success story at the moment in a way we've never experienced before.

"We've had a lot of great teams over the years, starting in the 1970s with Franz Beckenbauer, Gerd Muller and Sepp Maier when we won the European Cup three times on the trot. An incredible achievement!

"But it was a different time back then. The quality we've got on the pitch and on the bench now is out of this world. The club are possibly going through its best period to date."

Bayern resume competitive action when they host Schalke - who were pummelled 6-1 by Real Madrid in the Champions League on Wednesday - in Munich on Saturday, with kick off at 18:30CET.

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