One more year, there is no doubt who is the king of the Bundesliga. Bayern Munich has won its ninth Bundesliga, the 30th in its history, to consolidate its total dominance of German football. The Bavarians once again took the title prematurely, two days to go, thanks to Borussia Dortmund’s triumph over RB Leipzig. Nagelsmann’s men have been the only team that has tried to follow in the wake of the Munich locomotive, but they end up giving up in the last month of competition. Flick will bid farewell to the team with his second league title, after last season’s sextet, to leave the position to the runner-up’s coach, for whom the club has bet very hard.
Nagelsmann, just 33 years old, will take over a well-oiled machine, fearsome in Europe and unopposed in Germany. Borussia Dortmund had been the last worthy contender for Bayern, who managed to snatch two Bundesligas from the hand of Klopp (2011 and 2012), but the yellows have not been close to fighting for the title since the coach’s departure to Liverpool . This season they are immersed in the fight to qualify for the Champions League, 13 points behind the head.
The conquest of the title was completed before the Bavarians played their match this day against Borussia Monchengladbach. The defeat of Leipzig left those of Nagelsmann without options and Bayern jumped onto the Allianz Arena field to applause from their rivals. The champion celebrated the title and feasted on Gladbach 6-0. Lewandowski scored a hat trick to surpass 200 goals in the Bundesliga and reach 39 goals this season, one of Gerd Muller’s all-time record with two rounds to go. “We wanted to show on the field that we are German champions. We played very well from the first minute and showed who the German champion is, “said the Pole.
The celebration after the final whistle was slow to explode, with its stadium empty and without the classic liters of beer to bathe the champions. After a few moments in which the players put on commemorative jerseys, they formed a circle in the center of the field shouting “champions!” Flick was not kept but he embraced all his players, whom he thanked for their treatment in these two years. “I am very proud. It was a pleasure to work with this team, “said the coach after the game.
Bayern’s dominance in Germany is illustrated by the fact that, among the rest of the championship teams, they do not reach the titles won by the Bavarian giant (30 by 28 among the 11 champion teams). In the 21st century, they have only missed the trophy six times, an unimaginable superiority in the other major European leagues. This tyranny is explained in the power it has to take over all the national talent, drawing on the stars of its rival teams. Klopp’s Dortmund had their spine stripped away by signing Lewandowski, Hummels and Gotze. This season they hire the coach of the only team that has managed to tighten the nuts for a record amount.
Since Heynckes got the treble in 2013, several technicians have passed and all, with greater or lesser slack, have won the title in a resounding way. Guardiola, who replaced the German, consolidated the Bavarians as the only option in the pools at the end of the season. Ancelotti continued the project, but like the Spaniard, setbacks in Europe precipitated his departure despite showing no compassion in the Bundesliga.
It was not until last season, with Flick on the bench, when they managed to win the Champions League again, to round off the best season in their history with the sextete. This year, the defeat in the Cup against a second division team left him with no options to repeat the feat, and the elimination against PSG in the quarterfinals of the Champions League ended up precipitating the coach’s decision not to continue the year coming. Although Flick promised, as he has fulfilled, to bring the Bundesliga title before leaving, surely, to take over the selection after Low’s departure after the European Championship.