Diego Maradona believes Bayern Munich would be unbeatable if they were to sign Barcelona star Lionel Messi. Bayern clinched a 24th national title on Tuesday with a 3-1 win at Hertha Berlin, which moved them into an unassailable 25-point lead with seven games to spare. The Bavarians have now won six trophies in under two seasons, with former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola – who replaced Jupp Heynckes in the close-season – responsible for their successes in the league, UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.
Guardiola’s men are still in contention to retain the UEFA Champions League title they won last year, and will add Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski to their ranks at the end of the campaign. Argentina legend Maradona expressed admiration for Guardiola and feels that the addition of compatriot and Barca superstar Messi would make Bayern impossible to defeat. “I would like to work for a week with Guardiola to watch him in training. I would be very happy to visit Bayern Munich,” he told Sport Bild.
“(Robert) Lewandowski and Messi? Then everyone else would play for second place in every competition, in every league.” Meanwhile, Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has hinted Bayern Munich could be set to dominate the Bundesliga like never before after Tuesday’s title triumph. “It’s unbelievable how you have demolished (the Bundesliga) because we see you, but actually need a telescope,” Klopp said.“This was a fantastic achievement, congratulations for the championship.”
Since the Bundesliga began in the 1963/64 season, Bayern – who ironically were not an original member – have been the most successful club. Bayern have won three league titles in a row on three occasions in the early 1970s, mid 1980s and turn of the millennium. Arguably Bayern’s best decade was in the 1980s with the club winning seven titles from the 1979/80 season to the 1989/90 campaign, including five in six seasons starting in 1984/85.
Klopp seems to believe Bayern are again consistent enough to challenge the 1980s generation that included Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Lothar Matthaus and Klaus Augenthaler.