Bayern prioritise European run over title party

BERLIN – There will be no celebrations in Munich’s Marienplatz, waving of red and white flags or the spilling of beer from the mayor’s balcony onto the thousands of supporters below if Bayern Munich clinch the Bundesliga title on Saturday.

Saturday
F Düsseldorf     vs     Leverkusen    16:30   
Stuttgart     vs     Dortmund
SC Freiburg     vs     Gladbach
FC Augsburg     vs     Hannover 96
Schalke 04     vs     Hoffenheim
Mainz         vs     Bremen
Bayern         vs     Hamburg SV    19:30   

Sunday
Wolfsburg     vs     Nurnberg    15:30   
SpVgg Fu     vs     Frankfurt    17:30   

BERLIN – There will be no celebrations in Munich’s Marienplatz, waving of red and white flags or the spilling of beer from the mayor’s balcony onto the thousands of supporters below if Bayern Munich clinch the Bundesliga title on Saturday.

With a 20-point lead and eight games remaining, Bayern could clinch a 22nd Bundesliga crown should they beat Hamburg SV and champions Borussia Dortmund fail to win at VfB Stuttgart.

Even though it will represent their first silverware since 2010, when they won the domestic double under then coach Louis van Gaal, and end Dortmund’s sensational two-year German reign, there is little mood for celebrations just yet.

“We will quickly get together, then we will go straight home and from Sunday we will only be thinking about Juve,” Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said of the team’s planned post-match celebrations should they claim the title.

Bayern take on Italy’s Juventus in the Champions League quarter-finals next week and as much as the domestic league title will ease pressure on the players, they know that club bosses have set their sights on European glory as well.

Bayern, looking for their first European title since 2001 and fifth in total, have lost two Champions League finals in the past three seasons.

 

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