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Bayern's Ribery eyes Champions League history

24 January 2014, 18:00

Berlin - France winger Franck Ribery has said Bayern Munich aim to become the first team to defend the Champions League title and is backing the Bavarian giants to win another treble.

No side has ever retained the Champions League title since the competition replaced the European Cup format in 1992.

Bayern became Germany's first team to scoop the treble of Champions League, German Cup and Bundesliga titles last season.

Having drawn Arsenal in the last 16 of this season's Champions League, Ribery has said Pep Guardiola's side can lift the title again in the May 24 final at Lisbon's Estadui da Luz, home of Benfica.

The Bundesliga resumes after a four-week winter break on Friday with third-placed Borussia Moenchengladbach hosting leaders Bayern, who are seven points clear at the top of the table.

Bayern finished 2013 with five titles, adding the UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup to their treble, but Ribery says they face a challenge to do it all again this year.

"We want to have just as successful a year as 2013 despite the fact that it will definitely be harder," Ribery told Bundesliga.com.

"I believe it's possible though.

"We have an incredible amount of untapped potential at FC Bayern.

"We're capable of retaining our status as German champions, but also of winning the German Cup and becoming the first-ever team to defend our Champions League title.

"We want to continue winning everything and create even more history."

Bayern are on a record 41-match unbeaten run, dating back to October 2012, and Ribery said they want to finish the current season unbeaten.

"My aim is to become German champions without suffering a single defeat," said the 30-year-old.

Bayern also travel to VfB Stuttgart on Wednesday for a re-arranged fixture and play three league games in ten days.

"We've got two difficult games ahead of us, including next Wednesday's clash with VfB Stuttgart," said Ribery.

"We're determined to win both games to enjoy a positive start to the new year and to send out a message."




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