It seemed impossible to improve on Bayern Munich’s treble winning side from last year, but it seems that is what Pep Guardiola is doing.
On Sunday, Bayern handed Guardiola his won first piece of silverware in Germany after the European champions clinched the Telekom Cup for the first time in their history by beating Borussia Mönchengladbach 5-1.
The thrashing of Borussia came on the heels of an equally impressive 4-0 dismantling of Hamburger SV on Saturday.
What makes the two wins even more impressive is that those nine goals came in just two 60-minute matches, and Bayern were missing Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mario Götze (injutred) and Javi Martinez, Luiz Gustavo and Dante.
Bayern have been playing at a much faster tempo this season, seamlessly switching between a 4-1-4-1 and 4-3-3 formation, while scoring goals for fun. Thirty five of them in their first six games.
The competition though is about to get a lot tougher, and we will get a a better sense of how good Bayern are by the end of the week. On Wednesday Bayern play Barcelona in a high-profile friendly before meeting rivals Borussia Dortmund in the Super Cup. Two convincing wins will have many Bayern fans dreaming of winning everything again this season.