Bayern Munich became Bundesliga champions for the eighth time in a row on Tuesday evening. Despite going down to ten men when Alfonso Davies picked up his second yellow card, Hansi Flick’s side had too much power for relegation-threatened Werder Bremen. Prolific Polish striker Robert Lewandowski with the only goal of the match, his 31st in the league this season.
Bayern has been imperious since returning from the postponement, winning all of their nine fixtures. The pivotal match in the run-in came away at nearest challengers Borussia Dortmund. A chipped goal from Joshua Kimmich helped Munich to a crucial away win, an eight consecutive title has been an inevitability since.
Unusual circumstances perhaps to wrap up a title, inside an empty stadium in the pouring rain. The players didn’t seem to mind as they set about rapturous celebrations at the fina whistle. A fitting tribute to the hard work that had preceded the moment, prior to and since the enforced hiatus.
The champions’ attention may now turn to Europe, it is expected the UEFA Champions League will resume in mid-August, with all remaining fixtures played across two weeks in one location. The Portuguese capital Lisbon is widely expected to be named as the hose city for the latter stages of the competition. Bayern are well placed to reach the quarter-finals at least, after a resounding last 16 first-leg victory over Chelsea. The German giants take a 3-0 advantage into the second leg.
In what could prove to be a trophy-laden season, Hansi Flick will also have an eye on the DFB Pokal Cup final. Bayern Munich will face Bayer Leverkusen in what should be a classic cup final on July 4th at Berlin’s Olympiastadion. Both clubs are said to be talking with German officials, about the possibility of allowing a small section of supporters back inside the stadium for the showpiece event.
Bayern will certainly be targeting a glorious treble and will hope to celebrate in style soon with their fans back inside the Allianz Arena.
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