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Bayern delighted with win in last home game

“Thanks for your fantastic support in 2011–12!" After the final Bundesliga match at the Allianz Arena this season, the Bayern stars unrolled a huge banner bearing that slogan and paraded it in front of the home faithful. Basking in the hot, summery sunshine, the 69,000 full house sang and chanted in anticipation of the Champions League final, which Bayern famously reached three days earlier, and enjoyed an unspectacular but deserved 2–0 victory over south German rivals VfB Stuttgart.

“We took it very seriously," commented director of sport Christian Nerlinger, insisting there would be no let up in the last match of the league season, next Saturday's trip to relegation-threatened FC Köln: “You can expect the same attitude from us next week." Nerlinger was particularly pleased with the way the team shrugged off the energy-sapping encounter in Madrid: “Once again, we were very focused. The players who’ve not featured very much recently were more than up to it, and we ended up comfortably beating Stuttgart."