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Bayern set sights on treble repeat

26 March 2014, 14:03

Berlin - Bayern Munich players and officials celebrated the fastest title in Bundesliga history until the early hours of Wednesday before being set to return home and start preparations on defending their 2013 title treble as well.

While no official welcome was scheduled at Munich airport after the long night in a trendy Berlin bar, some fans were certain to show up and meet the team.

The rest of the German football community was left to heap praise on Munich in general and coach Pep Guardiola in particular.

Munich-based Sueddeutsche Zeitung bowed to Munich's dominance over the past two years when it asked Wednesday after the title-clinching 3-1 victory at Hertha Berlin: "Does this really qualify as news?

"News normally contains something new. You can hardly call something new that has been known for a long time. Some would argue that it was a fact even before the season. When the arguably best club on the planet signed the arguably best coach on the planet in the winter of 2013."

Bayern rewrote most Bundesliga records last year under Jupp Heynckes and added the German cup and Champions League for their first treble. Now, instead of letting down, the former Barca coach Guardiola has made the team even better, and more silverware is in sight.

"Congratulations to FC Bayern, and above all to coach Pep Guardiola! He's brought the team on even further than before, and you can see his influence in terms of dominance and possession," Germany coach Joachim Loew said.

Munich sports director Matthias Sammer said of the coach: "Pep Guardiola fits this team, he is not only an expert, he's also a fantastic guy."

Guardiola, who won 14 titles including a treble during his reign at Barca between 2008 and 2012, and has already won the European Super Cup and World Club Cup with Bayern, remained modest. "You always hope it goes well but I never expected it to go so well. The first four or five months were difficult. We had many problems and injuries but we then became better every day," he said.

"The Bundesliga is our bread and butter, you have to work every day and week for it. It is the product of hard work ... When you win by 25 points people can think it's easy. But it's not easy, especially after the last season with three titles."

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