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