Yet again – Bayern Munich lift 8th consecutive Bundesliga title
German giants have won the Bundesliga title for the 30th time after defeating Werder Bremen 1-0 at the Weserstadion. Striker Robert Lewandowski’s 31st goal of the season sealed the title for the Die Roten, who climbed from seventh on the table in November to lifting the trophy with two games to spare.
Bayern lacked accuracy up top, but with Lewandowski in such fine form, it was enough. The striker, however, urged his side to play better in Europe.
“Werder played a little more defensively but well in the first half. In the second half we should have scored a goal, then it would have been a little easier. We showed that we are the best team in Germany and we want to play even better in the Champions League.”
The Polish striker became the first player to score in each of the first 11 matches of a season, with a record 16 goals and found the net against all 18 clubs in the Bundesliga.
He was well supported by Raumdeuter (space interpreter) Thomas Mueller, who enjoyed a stellar season for his lifelong club Bayern. The German international was reinstated at No. 10 by manager Hansi Flick and he exploited space brilliantly with an output of 7 goals and 20 assists. Phillipe Coutinho, on loan from Barcelona, was left applauding his heroics from the bench.
Mueller said after the victory, “With this comeback that we started and the way we played in the second half of the season, I have rarely had so many emotional moments in Bundesliga matches, whether at Borussia Dortmund [a 1-0 win last month] or today. When I look at the boys, we achieved this common goal and it is one that we achieved with pride.”
The club has a 10 point lead with two rounds to play, having earned 76 points in 32 encounters. They scored 93 goals in 32 matches, at an average of 2.9 goals per game. Defensively, the team conceded just 31 times, showing the gulf in class with other teams.
“We are delighted that we have clinched the title. The team did a great job. Since Hansi Flick took over, the team has been playing attractive and successful football. My compliments to the team and coach,” said Bayern Munich’s CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
“Compliments to the whole team. We played sensational football in the last few weeks. We have reached our first goal but we also want to win the German Cup now. Of course, we also want to win the Champions League but for now, we have to continue step by step. It will be hard enough,” said Bayern Munich’s manager Hansi Flick.
Bayern sit comfortably in the Champions League as well, leading 3-0 against Chelsea in the Round of 16 in the first leg. The Reds host Freiburg on Saturday before taking on Wolfsburg a week later in their remaining games in the league.
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