Bayern want to emulate Barcelona, says Rummenigge

The club’s chairman is desperate to follow in the footsteps of the Catalans and win the Champions League on a more regular basis

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge hopes Bayern Munich can emulate Barcelona by becoming the dominant force in the Champions League over a number of years.

The Bundesliga champions have won European club football’s elite competition five times, but it took them 25 years after their third win to lift the trophy again, before they had to endure another 12-year wait for their fifth glorious campaign.

Barcelona on the other hand have won the Champions League three times in the past decade and FCB chairman Rummenigge aims to become as consistent as the Catalans.

“I want to win the Champions League another time. Barcelona have always been an example for me because they won the Champions League a number of time within just a few years,” Rummenigge told Bild.

“It’s one of my dreams to shorten the gap between two of our Champions League wins.

“We have had some lengthy spells without winning it. We had to wait for 25 years until we won it again in 2001 and then 12 more years for the next win.

“Bayern want to have a theoretical chance at winning the trophy each and every year.

“We have to keep improving our squad year after year.”

The Bavarians made it to the semi-finals of the competition last season and have already booked their place in the knockout stages this term after securing top spot in Group E.

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