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Bayern can take apart almost anyone, says Lahm
 
BERLIN, March 18 (BSS/AFP) - Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm believes the Bavarian giants can 'take apart almost anyone' after their 6-0 hammering of Hertha Berlin meant they had scored 20 goals in their last three games.

Having drawn Marseille in the quarter-finals of the Champions League later this month, Bayern are bidding to claim the treble and are at Borussia Moenchengladbach on Tuesday in the German Cup semi-finals.

Dutch winger Arjen Robben hit a hat-trick in Saturday's rout at Berlin's Olympic Stadium as victory kept Bayern second in the league, five points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund.

Bayern seem to be scoring at will: Robben has hit seven goals in three games, while the Bundesliga's top-scorer Mario Gomez, having netted eight times in three matches, now has 22 goals in 25 league matches.

Having hammered Hoffenheim 7-1 last Saturday in the Bundesliga, then demolished Basel 7-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday to reach the last eight, Bayern are making a habit of tearing the opposition apart.

"In the last three matches, we've seen just how much attacking quality we have in the team. We can take apart almost every opposing team," said Lahm.

"You have to take your chances and make sure you score. That's what happened in the last two matches, and it's happened again here. It's obviously easy after that."

Bayern face Marseille home and away before they travel to face Dortmund in the Bundesliga on April 11 and director of sport Christian Nerlinger says his team are proving their mettle as contenders on all counts.

Nerlinger believes Munich's 2-0 defeat at Bayer Leverkusen in the German league a fortnight ago was the wake up call his team needed.

"If we can keep playing with such focus and conviction, we're certainly heading in a terrific direction," he said.

"That was a truly impressive performance from the very first second on. We played outstanding football on an extremely difficult surface. We have to carry on like that.

"After the Leverkusen defeat, a jolt has passed through the team and they have pulled together as a group."

Berlin coach Otto Rehhagel said Hertha failed to cope with the threat of Bayern wingers Robben and France's Franck Ribery.

"We never got to grips with the two wingers, Robben and Ribery," said Rehhagel, who led Greece to the Euro 2004 title.

"I warned my players about that beforehand, and then we conceded the first goal very early. We were inferior to our opponents throughout, and Bayern once again showed what an outstanding team they are."
 
 
 
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