Bayern Munich secured the eighth German title in a row and the thirtieth in total on Tuesday. The record champion can no longer make up for a 0-1 victory over relegation candidate Werder Bremen by playing the competition with two more games.
Bayern coach Hansi Flick emphasized in the run-up to the Werder duel that his team had to secure the title as soon as possible and the leader put pressure on Davy Klaassen's team from the first whistle.
A goal was almost inevitable and it fell just before half-time. Very appropriate was the top scorer Robert Lewandowski who made his 31st league goal after a nice pass by Jérôme Boateng and on the edge of offside. With that he improved his personal best in the Bundesliga.
The 31-year-old Pool also thought to make the 0-2 in the opening phase of the second half, but the very nice goal was rightly rejected due to offside by declarant Thomas Müller. Things got even more exciting when Bayern had to play with ten men in the last fifteen minutes after a second yellow card for Alphonso Davies, but Werder was unable to force an equalizer, partly due to a nice save by Manuel Neuer.
The young Dutchman Joshua Zirkzee, who was in the base against Borussia Mönchengladbach (2-1 win) on Saturday as a replacement for the suspended Lewandowski and made the opening goal, had no playing time on Tuesday in the empty Weserstadion.
In the first half there was a heavy rain shower over Bremen. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Bayern has been unapproachable in Germany since 2012/2013
Bayern has been unapproachable in Germany for eight years. Borussia Dortmund was the last club in 2012 to keep the 'Rekordmeister' from the league title. At the beginning of this season, hegemony seemed to be over, as Bayern won only five of his first ten league games. A painful 5-1 loss at the beginning of November against Eintracht Frankfurt marked the end for trainer Niko Kovac.
Hansi Flick took the helm and under the guidance of the former assistant, who was hired in April, Bayern became an almost unbeatable machine again. The team won 19 of its 22 Bundesliga matches with Flick on the bench and the two-month corona break could not break the rhythm. After a 0-1 victory over number two Borussia Dortmund at the end of May, the title fight was as good as decided.
Besides striker Lewandowski, Müller is one of Bayern's stars this season. The attacking midfielder fought back in the base and delivered no less than twenty assists. Joshua Kimmich is the center of midfield's architect of Bayern's game, while young left back Davies is making his breakthrough this vintage.
The only nineteen-year-old Zirkzee also contributed to the title with four goals in only eight appearances in the Bundesliga. After Jan Wouters, Roy Makaay, Mark van Bommel and Arjen Robben, he is the fifth Dutchman to be champion with Bayern.
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