Bayern Munich remain on course for a historic treble in one of football’s most memorable seasons, after they lifted the DFB Pokal trophy late on Saturday night. Die Roten wrapped up their eighth successive Bundesliga recently, now they have added a third consecutive German cup title. The most successful club in German history put the eternal runners up Bayer Leverkusen to the sword in a 4-2 victory at the Olympiastadion in Berlin.
Manager Hans-Dieter Flick’s champions were too much for Leverkusen from the off. It should come as little surprise, Leverkusen finished 19 points behind them in the recently completed Bundesliga season.
In the space of eight first-half minutes, Bayern found themselves two goals to the good with Serge Gnabry doubling their lead on the counter-attack after David Alaba had put them in front.
Robert Lewandowski seemed to put the contest beyond reach on the hour mark, but Peter Bosz’s side managed to give their opponents a minor scare through Sven Bender. However, they couldn’t build on that small glimmer of hope, and just before full-time Polish striker Lewandowski sealed the win in style making it 4-1.
After a quiet game by his standards, the much talked about 20-year-old, Kai Havertz slotted a late penalty to add yet more respect to the scoreline for Leverkusen. There’s a growing possibility it was his last goal in a Leverkusen shirt. His current manager Bosz, earlier this year stated his belief that the attacking midfielder, who is being chased by a number of super clubs, would leave the club this summer for an excess of €100m.
Rumoured want away Bayern midfielder Thiago Alcantara came off the bench and joined in the post-match celebrations. After the match, he took to social media to post a picture with himself, the trophy and former Liverpool man Philippe Coutinho. A hint perhaps.
Next month sees the resumption of the Champions League and given their form since the resumption, Bayern Munich have to be considered among the favourites. Champions League Must Be Played
After adding the German Cup Bayern completed the domestic double. They must first complete the job on Chelsea, who they lead 3-0 on aggregate in the round of 16, before they can dream of equalling Barcelona’s feat of winning two European trebles.
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