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Wenger explains how Bayern Munich became Europe’s best team

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Arsene Wenger explained how Bayern Munich’s status as Europe’s best team is down to the decline of clubs like Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Bayern Munich have won five trophies this year in the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup, and DFL Supercup.

The German club’s exploits to winning their first Champions League title since 2013 was particularly impressive. Chelsea proved no problem at all in the last-16 with a 7-1 aggregate win.

Beating Barcelona in the quarter-finals 8-2, however, was the real highlight. It not only in motion Quique Setien’s dismissal and Lionel Messi’s attempted exit in the summer, but it cemented Bayern’s growing status.

They sealed the deal by beating Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 in the final itself to become European champions.

Real Madrid, on the other hand, fell to a last-16 exit at the hands of Manchester City. Therefore, Wenger feels Bayern lack any solid competition with two of Europe’s most successful sides ‘weak’ at the moment.

“I don’t mean to downplay the performance of the current team,” the former Arsenal boss told Der Spiegel.

“Bayern are currently the best team in Europe. But that’s also because there are no other big teams. Barcelona are weak. Real Madrid are weak.

“Philipp Lahm, Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Toni Kroos. They had top quality in every position.

“The current team can still develop. Maybe it will reach the top level of 2013, but they are not that good yet.”