‘I’m especially pleased with this title because when we took over we did not waste any time thinking about the Bundesliga’. That might well seem a bit too modest, but perhaps you could have forgiven Jupp Heynckes for not quite focusing on the title when he returned to Bayern.
October seventh was the date, when Heynckes came out of retirement after Carlo Ancelotti had been dismissed, with Bayern having been trounced at Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League and five points behind Borussia Dortmund. There was a bit of upheaval, and it was a case of trying to stem the tide for Die Roten.
Fast forward seven months and it’s almost hard to think of when the league was in doubt. Bayern had steamrollered their way past the rest, as Dortmund themselves found out last week, and here against Augsburg, had the chance to put a sixth straight league title in the bag. At first it didn’t look like it would go according to plan, as some sloppy defending allowed the hosts take the lead by way of a Niklas Sule own goal.
But that was merely a blip in an otherwise memorable day, and by halftime Bayern were in front, Corentin Tolisso and James Rodriguez with the goals to turn things around. And the win was sealed in the second period, Arjen Robben and Sandro Wagner with the icing on the cake to cap off another league title.
That win means Heynckes has now won four league titles as both player and manager, it also means that Bayern’s triumph is the third earliest time a side has won the league, the earlier ones having also happened in this run of league titles.
Elsewhere, Borussia Dortmund bagged a comprehensive 3-0 win over Stuttgart at the Signal Iduna Park, a good response to that humbling they received in Munich last week, while Hamburg gave themselves a glimmer of survival hope with a come-from-behind 3-2 win against Schalke.
Koln would have rued an opportunity missed, as they passed up the chance to close the gap on Mainz in the relegation battle, both sides settling for a 1-1 draw instead.
Borussia Monchengladbach scored twice in four minutes, both from Thorgan Hazard, to beat Hertha Berlin 2-1 and Hannover also saw off Werder Bremen 2-1.
Daniel Didavi bagged a brace as Wolfsburg won 0-2 at Freiburg, while Hoffenheim could only share the spoils at home to Frankfurt, a 1-1 result hardly helping the European aspirations of either side.
Leipzig and Leverkusen meet and on Monday night.
Augsburg 1-4 Bayern Munich
Dortmund 3-0 Stuttgart
Monchengladbach 2-1 Hertha BSC
Freiburg 0-2 Wolfsburg
Hamburg 3-2 Schalke
Hannover 2-1 Werder Bremen
Koln 1-1 Mainz
Hoffenheim 1-1 Frankfurt