Created on 13-05-2016 at 14:45 PM
FC Bayern could easily afford to take a breather in Saturday's last match of the 2015/16 Bundesliga campaign (Live in English from 15.30 CET on Twitter and FCB.tv Web Radio). Their position in the table is cast in stone: Bayern are German champions and take on Hannover, who were relegated three games ago. But Friday's final training revealed that the coach and his players are fired up. “I hope we'll put on a good show and score goals for the fans,” commented Robert Lewandowski. That would make the subsequent championship celebrations even more magical.
“If you're German champions you have to throw a big party,” declared Pep Guardiola before his last home match as Bayern coach. Brass bands, live music, Weißbier showers and of course the handover of the shield will make the season finale at the Allianz Arena a spectacle. After the private celebration in the evening, the traditional party on the Town Hall balcony in Marienplatz is scheduled for Sunday.
The weekend promises lots of action. In terms of football the Reds aim to gain momentum for the cup final in Berlin one week later. “It would be better to turn in a good display in the last league match,” said Guardiola. Lewandowski explained: “The Hannover match is preparation for Dortmund. We know we have to hit the gas and stay focused.”
Lewandowski aims for 30 and the cannon
The Poland international has a personal reason to do so. He is odds-on to win the cannon-shaped trophy, which is awarded annually to the league's top scorer, for the second time in his career. A four-goal lead over Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is comfortable enough. But Lewandowski has another goal: he wants to reach the 30-goal milestone. If Lewy scores he would be the first player since 1977 to achieve this feat. “It's a great incentive for me. It would be very cool to score this one goal,” the striker declared.
The afternoon will be special for Pep Guardiola too. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge will officially bid farewell to the Catalan shortly before kick-off. “Every match at the Allianz Arena has been very special to me,” Guardiola said, reviewing his three years with Bayern at his last press conference at the Säbener Strasse: “It was a great time for me which I'll never forget.”
But Guardiola's mission is not over yet. The coach has meticulously prepared his men for the clash with bottom club Hannover. “We want to turn in a good display. I want the fans to be happy when they leave.” However, the 45-year-old will have to make do without long-term absentees Arjen Robben and Holger Badstuber, and also Xabi Alonso (bruised ribs) and Javi Martínez (ankle), who are both rated doubtful for the cup final. But the Bavarians will cross that bridge when they come to it. The motto for this weekend: get the party started!
Pre-match news from Hannover 96:
- Unavailable: Hiroshi Kiyotake, Hiroki Sakai (muscular problems), Hugo Almeida (calf), Leon Andreasen (foot surgery), Alexander Milosevic (partial ligament tear), Felipe (hamstring)
- Coach Daniel Stendel: “If you don't take a risk you won't take anything in Munich. We want to take points. If you focus only on defence you can't get into the game. We won't radically change our play.”