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Sammer: Bayern not looking for excuses

Bayern Munich sporting director Matthias Sammer has labelled the club’s core “world class” after the club's 1-0 win over Borussia Dortmund in the DFB Pokal quarterfinals on Wednesday.

The Bavarians are on course to claim a historic league, domestic cup and UEFA Champions League treble this season, and the former Germany international feels they have benefited from having big personalities where it matters.

“When we talk about leadership, I see Bastian Schweinsteiger, Dante, Philipp Lahm and Manuel Neuer as our core. They are world class, no question," Sammer told Spox. "[Schweinsteiger] was very mobile, tactically excellent and he played with a charisma that has shown before but missed lately.

“The same goes for Dante and Neuer, and the incredible security they bring. Lahm has been world class for us for years anyway. This is important in these games that these players show their presence.”

Bayern is currently making excellent progress on all three fronts considering its cup triumph over its top competitor, its 17-point lead in the league table and its advantage over Arsenal heading into the second leg of their UCL round of 16 bout, but Sammer is refusing to talk about winning the treble.

“I am not speaking about this," Sammer said. "I said during the winter break that you get what you deserve in the end. And now we should work on making that true and not to [band about] these words or phrases.”

Sammer also stated that no player should expect to play regularly, with Arjen Robben and Mario Gomez finding starts hard to come by of late.

“A strong, big club must be 15, have 16 regular players. We should stop talking only about the top 10; there are at least five or six players who are also [there or thereabouts]," Sammer said. “Accordingly, the team is always important, not the individual. Football is daily job, and currently issues are emerging that tomorrow may already be solved.”

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