Created on 07-04-2013 at 00:00 AM
Joy, delight and elation were the dominant emotions in Frankfurt, but Sunday at the Säbener Strasse was to all intents and purposes normal: Saturday’s subs and unused players were out on the practice ground, with the starting eleven working on the treadmills and exercise bikes in the Performance Center. Had it not been for the four outside broadcast trucks transmitting live footage from the training facility, it would have been just another Sunday at the club. But it wasn't, of course, as Bayern had stormed to the Bundesliga title the previous afternoon in record time, at an earlier stage in the season than any other club in the league's 50 year history.
The sense of joy and relief at the final whistle was palpable, as the players danced and sang with the travelling supporters at the Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt, hoisting coach Jupp Heynckes onto their shoulders. Franck Ribéry and Thomas Müller led the chanting from down on the pitch, while Dante swapped his shirt for a fan’s replica championship shield and set off with his substitute trophy, seemingly as delighted as if it were the real thing.