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Robben: Two more wins, and we’re champions

Committed football fan Louis van Gaal enjoyed his Saturday afternoon at Borussia Park, “a terrific stadium with a great crowd. I loved the atmosphere,” he said. In his role as coach, he was “satisfied” with the 1-1 draw away to Mönchengladbach which keeps Bayern top of the Bundesliga. “It’s not a bad result,” said Van Gaal. The point means the destination of the championship shield is “in our own hands.”

The leaders were able to digest the news from Berlin, where rivals Schalke beat Hertha 1-0 with an 87th-minute goal, without undue concern. Felix Magath’s side are now level with Munich on points, but there are only two games to go, and FCB’s goal difference is better than the Royal Blues’ by 13. “That’s worth a point,” emphasised Van Gaal. “So it’s very easy,” said Arjen Robben: “If we win both our games, we’re champions.”