Bayern Munich became the latest team to claim the treble (League title, Domestic Cup, Champions League) as it held on to defeat Stuttgart 3-2 to claim the DFB-Pokal. The win caps off what has been a historic season and sends Jupp Heynckes into retirement on a winning note.
Having lost out and coming in as runners-up in the league standings, domestic cup final and UEFA Champions League final last season, this season’s team was determined to do better and win each competition. In Bundesliga play, Bayern only lost one game during the 2012-13 season and that was on Matchday 9 when they lost 2-1 to Bayer Leverkusen. Their historic season saw them finish 25 points ahead of second place Borussia Dortmund.
In Champions League play, Bayern were just as dominate also having only lost one game during the competition and that was a 3-1 defeat to BATE Borisov during group stage play. Aside from that, Bayern were an unstoppable freight train and avenged their loss in the final the previous season by beating Borussia Dortmund in an all-German final 2-1 with Arjen Robben scoring the game winner.
After a slow start to the game, Bayern jumped out to a 3-0 lead over Stuttgart with goals from Thomas Muller and two from Mario Gomez. Stuttgart would make it close in the final minutes but could not find the equalizer. At the final whistle, Bayern became the eighth team to accomplish the treble.
The accomplishment of the treble is a testament to a team that committed itself to a goal, did not let the disappointments from last season bring them down but instead used them as a motivator to accomplish a historic feat. In addition, signings like Dante and Javi Martinez served to add defensive solidity to a squad that was missing that balance in the most crucial games and moments last season.
After a historic 2012-13 campaign, it’s scary to think that this team could get better. But with Pep Guardiola coming in as the coach, Mario Gotze as player and potentially Robert Lewandowski, next season’s team could be more talented. That said, it will be virtually impossible to expect or think it remotely possible that the accomplishment of winning the treble will be repeated. Winning even one title next season alone would be an accomplishment and speaks to the magnitude of what it means to attain the treble.