Sheer emotions after show of strength
Thomas Müller couldn't help himself. He turned around again, gazing across a sold-out Allianz Arena, soaking up the atmosphere and enjoying himself. On Saturday evening, the 32-year-old had secured his tenth consecutive league title with his, our, FC Bayern. It was his 11th overall - a record. The 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund sealed the title with three games to go and capped a fantastic performance.
Atmosphere was a treat
"You first have to bring that onto the pitch. Becoming league winners is just the most beautiful thing. The Bundesliga is what the fans go to the stadium for. We wanted the title so badly. There's been a lot of frustration in the last few days - we were able to get that off our chest," said Müller, overjoyed after the final whistle before adding: "We showed them what's what."
Neuer recognises what is special
Well, it was. Especially in the first half, FCB had their opponents firmly under their control, and were ahead thanks to goals from Serge Gnabry and Robert Lewandowski. Even Emre Can pulling one back with a penalty in the 52nd minute didn't rattle them. Jamal Musiala (83') then sealed the deal. "It was important for us to finish the season the right way after being knocked out of the Champions League. There were 75,000 fans here - we didn't want to let Dortmund take this opportunity away from us. You could see that everyone wanted it. That's what's special about our team," said captain Manuel Neuer.
It's the famous Bayern DNA that opponents fear and must continue to fear. Because no one at FCB is getting tired of winning league titles. The performance against BVB, their "fiercest rival" in the league according to Müller, and the fact that the title is already in the bag, is a sign of absolute dominance and strength.
A unique success
One example of this is Lewandowski (33 goals this season). He knew what he was talking about when he said: "It's not easy to always show this consistency, to play great football all season. It'll probably take a few years to realise what a great success it is to win the league ten times in a row." Head coach Julian Nagelsmann was also full of praise after his first league title: "We played well and deserved to be champions. I'm very satisfied."
His team danced on the pitch, chased each other around with beer, while fans in the stands chanted "Champions of Germany, FCB!". This was followed by "Only FCB can be Bundesliga winners" and "Ooooh, the beauty of it!"
Müller was not the only one to get goosebumps, nor will he be the only one to remember this evening.
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