Bayern Munich grab 8th Bundesliga title as Lewandowski wreaks blitzkrieg
Lewandowski wreaks blitzkrieg at Werder as Bayern Munich secured their eighth Bundesliga title on the trot and 30th German championship overall. The same procedure as every year.
On Tuesday Rekordmeister beat Werder Bremen 1-0 with the help of Lewandowski’s first half strike despite being down a man for the last ten minutes—Canadian Alphonso Davies was sent off with a second yellow card in the 79th minute.
Robert Lewandowski said he hopes Bayern Munich will be able to play in front of their own fans again soon after winning an eighth straight Bundesliga title on Tuesday behind closed doors.
“It was tough without our fans, without the energy they give us, but we are happy that we are German champions again,” said Lewandowski after Bayern won their eighth straight match following the resumption of German football last month.
“It wasn’t easy, but we showed our quality. I hope we can play in front of our fans in our stadium soon,” Lewandowski added.
Club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge admitted it was a “curious, strange” feeling to see only a handful of Bayern officials and backroom staff in the Weserstadion to cheer the players.
Hansi Flick’s Bavarian giants went into the game seven points clear of second-placed Borussia Dortmund, who have three matches remaining, and extended that gap to an unassailable 10-point advantage. It is Bayern’s 30th German top-flight title in total and they remain on course to win the treble. They face Bayer Leverkusen on July 4 in the German Cup final and also hold a 3-0 first-leg lead over Chelsea in the Champions League last 16.
For Bayern, it marks the latest record in the long history of the club. No team in Germany has ever won eight titles in a row, and the financial dominance of the club means Bayern’s dominance will likely continue. The Rekordmeister has an overall Transfermarkt market value of $832.23 million. In that regard, Bayern has a big advantage over Borussia Dortmund ($644.85m) and RB Leipzig ($574.83m), who will likely finish second and third in the standings.
Last season, for example, Borussia Dortmund had a nine-point league over Bayern. At the winter break, RB Leipzig was four points ahead of Bayern. At that stage, current coach Hansi Flick had just come in to replace Niko Kovac. Kovac oversaw a tumultuous time at Bayern. In 2019, the Berlin-native won the title mostly because of Dortmund’s inability to bring a significant lead across the finish line.
Then at the start of the 2019/20 season, Kovac experienced the very highs and lows of his Bayern tenure. A 7-2 victory over Tottenham in London was historic and highlighted that Bayern’s biggest problems this year were domestic and not international. There was just one month between the result in London and the 5-1 defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt that would lead to Kovac leaving the club.
Kovac was replaced by Hansi Flick. The former assistant to national team coach Joachim Löw has since produced miracles in Munich. Bayern have been transformed into a machine and under Flick have lost only against Gladbach (2-1) and Leverkusen (2-1)—both games took place before the winter break. Since then Bayern has dropped points only once, in a 0-0 draw against RB Leipzig.
In the Champions League Bayern has won every single game under Flick. The head coach, originally signed as an interim, underlined his value when Chelsea was brushed aside in an easy 3-0 victory in London. The Champions League will now be Bayern’s next task, presumably, the tournament will resume in August and the German Rekordmeister will be among the favorites to win the title.
“We took the first step, we achieved our first big goal by winning the Bundesliga title,” Flick said. “Our next big goal is the DFB Pokal. And of course, there’s the Champions League too. It will be difficult, and we have to be fit when the time comes.”