Bayern's success down to weak Bundesliga rivals, claims Basler

The former Roten midfielder feels sides such as Borussia Dortmund surrendered their league challenge too meekly this season but admits Pep Guardiola’s team is “outstanding”

Mario Basler believes that Bayern Munich’s dominance in the Bundesliga is largely down to the weaknesses of their domestic rivals.

Bayern won their 24th title in record time after beating Hertha Berlin 3-1 last week and they have not suffered a Bundesliga defeat in 18 months, and while he acknowledges the “outstanding” team at Pep Guardiola’s disposal, Basler believes too many top sides in Germany are lagging behind the champions.

“Seeing as Borussia Dortmund have lost seven matches this season, it’s partly down to the weaknesses of their rivals,” Basler told bundesliga.com on reflection of Bayern’s season.

“Bayern have an outstanding team and win all their games, while the others are lagging behind.

“If you lose seven matches and draw several other games – like Dortmund did against Schalke recently – Bayern will dominate because they win the majority of theirs.”

The 45-year-old, who played for die Roten from 1996-1999, has also claimed that the German outfit have every chance of repeating their treble feat from last season.

“I don’t think they’re going to lose many more this season. They will maintain their level of performance and finish the season strongly,” he added.

“I think Bayern are capable of winning the treble again.”

Bayern Munich face Manchester United in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie on Tuesday.

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