Kovac: We've achieved great things
What a finale! FC Bayern beat Eintracht Frankfurt 5-1 in the last Bundesliga match this season, claiming the seventh German championship title in a row. Even apart from the championship shield and the goals, the afternoon was very emotional. "You can't put it into words," said Arjen Robben, who said goodbye at the Allianz Arena before the match, as did Franck Ribéry and Rafinha. "I'd like to thank my team and our fans, we've achieved great things," said coach Niko Kovac after winning his first championship title as coach.
Reaction to FCB v Frankfurt
Niko Kovac: "I'd like to thank my team and our fans, we've achieved great things. We were nine points adrift in autumn, so warm congratulations to my lads. I'm completely happy but also exhausted, and I hope we can build on it next week. Before the match I heard that only the great Kaiser [Franz Beckenbauer] has won the championship title here [at FC Bayern] as both player and coach, but that's only a side note. I'd like to congratulate Eintracht on qualifying for the Europa League. Emotions are part of football, that's what makes football beautiful, so I'd like to thank the fans. We knew SGE needed every point, and we also knew Dortmund were in front at half-time. We were glad when we restored the lead, and then, in light of Frankfurt's exhausting season, it was clear we'd get space, and we used it very well."
Franck Ribéry:"My whole family, my kids, my wife, my parents, my wife's parents and my cousins have come from France for this special moment. It was hard but the main thing is we're champions. It's my last great moment here at the Allianz Arena, with my colleagues and the fans. It's not as if I've been here two or three years, I've been a Bayern player for 12 years. I've had many great moments here but my best season was 2013. What we achieved then was incredible."
Arjen Robben:"Many emotions run through your body after a match like this, you can't put it into words. It's something you have to experience yourself. But the best thing is that many lads who played with me during my time at Bayern were here today. I fought for my comeback for five months, and today was the reward."
Robert Lewandowski:"It was a final for us, we knew we didn't only have to win but also show who the German champions are. We played really well, we had fun and scored many goals. That's why we deserve to be champions, even if the season wasn't so easy. I saw Arjen's and Franck's families before the match, and I must admit I almost cried – it's also because of the three, Rafa, Arjen and Franck, that I wanted to win today."
Adi Hütter (Eintracht Frankfurt coach):"Congratulations to FC Bayern on the title. We were only good visitors today. Bayern were superior by two levels, it was the right margin of victory. My players are completely squeezed, like lemons. It was our 50th match at a high level. Nobody expected us to enjoy a season like this. We finished seventh, we advanced to the Europa League semi-finals, we had great nights. We set a new record in the group phase. Many players have improved, so we can draw a very, very positive conclusion to the season. An absolutely positive conclusion if you ask me. I'm very proud."