Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich made more history on Thursday after completing the sextuple – winning a sixth consecutive title at the FIFA Club World Cup.
After beating Mexico‘s Tigres UANL 1-0 – thanks to Benjamin Pavard’s winner – they added the FIFA Club World Cup to their trophy haul alongside the Bundesliga title, both domestic cups, the Champions League and the Super Cup.
Hansi Flick’s side have now won an astonishing six trophies in nine months but we don’t have to go too far back to look at the last time this momentous feat was achieved.
Bayern Munich completed the sextuple on Thursday after winning the FIFA Club World Cup
Pep Guardiola’s star-studded Barcelona side also held all six titles at the same time in 2009
Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona side did just this in 2009, and after Bayern’s triumph on Thursday, the now Manchester City boss took the opportunity to congratulate… and challenge the German team to a ‘seventh title’ showdown.
Guardiola said on his former side: ‘Big congratulations to all the Bayern family for this incredible success, to be the Club World Cup champions and especially to win six titles.
‘We are so proud, I am so proud, a big congratulations for everyone, especially Hansi [Flick], the players and the backroom staff for this amazing thing. But I would like to say to Hansi that you are the second team to win the six titles in a row!
‘Before you, there was another team, Barcelona… so maybe I can call Messi and company and we can play for the seventh title? Tell me when and where and we will be there!’
So following Guardiola’s challenge, Sportsmail has decided to compare Bayern Munich and Barcelona’s strongest XI’s in our high court…
BAYERN MUNICH (4-2-3-1)
Manuel Neuer: The 34-year-old Germany international has been arguably the greatest goalkeeper in world football for years now and he is showing no signs of slowing down.
Neuer remains that authoritative presence in between the sticks while he is also an incredible shot-stopper. But while we talk about his goalkeeping ability, his footwork with the ball is also rather impressive and he acts as that sweeper keeper Bayern need to effectively run their system. He already has 24 trophies to his name in Munich, and that only looks set to increase.
Manuel Neuer has been arguably the greatest goalkeeper in world football for years now
Joshua Kimmich: While he is usually deployed in central midfield to provide that backbone to Flick’s side, the disciplined German star can also fill in excellently at right back just like he did during the Champions League final against Paris Saint-Germain last season.
Wherever Kimmich is played, you know he will do a job and his defensive discipline – breaking up play and winning possession in dangerous areas – is essential to Bayern’s success. The 26-year-old is also very comfortable on the ball and adds another dimension to his side’s attack.
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