Bundesliga

Vidal and Lewandowski, the key to Bayern’s treble chase?

A 3-0 home victory over FC Schalke 04 on Matchday 30 put FC Bayern München within touching distance of a record fourth straight Bundesliga title. With the DFB Cup and the UEFA Champions League also firmly in Bayern’s sights, Arturo Vidal and Robert Lewandowski look set to play a key role in the hunt for glory on three fronts.

'His intensity makes him so important'

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When Bayern coach Pep Guardiola afforded Vidal a well-earned breather in the 78th minute against Schalke, the fans at the Allianz Arena rose to their feet to honour their 'King Arturo'. Pulling the strings tirelessly in Bayern's midfield engine room, the Chilean put in another match-winning performance. His goals in both matches against Benfica recently helped seal Bayern's passage into a fifth consecutive UEFA Champions League semi-final and his multi-faceted interpretation of the 'Aggressive Leader' role proved decisive in the Bundesliga too.

"Every time I step out onto the pitch, I feel the trust of my team-mates, my coach and the fans," said Vidal. "I work hard to improve every day and I hope people appreciate everything I invest out on the pitch." He was rewarded for his endeavour against Schalke with his first goal in 17 Bundesliga appearances. As Bayern’s season enters the decisive stage, Vidal has become central to Pep Guardiola's plans. "His intensity makes him a very important player for us," noted the Catalan.

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