Lewandowski puts the cherry on top of a great season, first to score 30 in almost four decades
That Robert Lewandowski was going to take home the Torjägerkanone this season was pretty much a foregone conclusion, having a four goal lead on Pierre Emerick Aubameyang going into the last game. The Polish striker decided to not leave anything to chance though, potting his 30th goal of this campaign to open the scoring in the 12th minute. The milestone is significant, as no Bundesliga player has cracked the 30-goal mark in almost 40 years, last done by Dieter Müller all the way back in 1976/77.
Is it surprising then that Lewandowski is constantly rumored to be a target for other big clubs in Europe, and that incoming coach, Carlo Ancelotti, was reported to be pushing Bayern to extend his striker's ahead of time, to tie him to the club through 2021?
Was this Götze's swan song? If so, it was a pretty catchy tune
Rumors have been swirling in the media that this will be Mario Götze's last season in a Bayern kit, with reports about Ancelotti having already told him that the Italian coach can't guarantee playing time to the 2014 World Cup-winning goal scorer. After having been bought out of his contract with Dortmund among significant fanfare, the 24-year old midfielder has mostly underwhelmed in his time in Munich, despite some flashes of brilliance.
If this is to be his last game, he made the most of it. Constantly involved in play at midfield in his spot behind Lewandowski, he led the team in goals (two) and shots on goal (four). He faded in the second half, partially due to having to move to the right wing after Kingsley Coman was taken off. This game was a microcosm of Götze's problem at Bayern: his best spot is behind the strikers, in the middle of the field. Which also happens to be Thomas Müller's most productive position and as we all know, Müller should be playing every game.
Hannover gives Bayern a challenge, despite nothing to play for
In a matchup that pitted the already-crowned champions (Bayern) against the already-relegated caboose of the league (Hannover), it was expected to be a massacre in front of the sold-out home crowd at the Allianz Arena. But the guests seemed intent on putting a damper on Bayern's celebration, and caused some problems to the somewhat passive hosts. Pressuring early, and putting in the hard work, Hannover were able to disrupt Bayern's usual dominance in possession, even creating some decent chances. The Rekordmeister seemed to wake up after Lewandowski's opening goal, and controlling the game after that, but went back to its bad habits after going up 3-0, allowing chance after chance to the guests, including the consolation goal by Artur Sobiech, which even Manuel Neuer wouldn't have stopped.
Oh yeah, Bayern sets another Bundesliga record. Ho-hum.
It wouldn't be FC Bayern Munich if it wasn't another chance to set a record. After breaking the goals against record in 2012/13, in the last season under Jupp Heynckes, with 18 goals allowed all season, and equaling the mark last campaign, Pep Guardiola's team, in his last season in the Bavarian capital, did it one better. Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng and company allowed a paltry 17 goals over 34 games, which comes out to ... hold on ... where's my calculator ... exactly half a goal per game! No wonder they don't lose a lot of games, it's tough for the opposition to win with that kind of output.
Does anyone else do class like Bayern Munich does?
In celebration of their 25th Bundesliga title, and a record fourth consecutive championship, Bayern pulled out all the stops, bringing 25 living club legends to mark the historic event. All decked out in red traditional jackets, fans were thrilled to see icons from the 1960s and 1970s, such as Franz Beckenbauer, George "Katsche" Schwarzenbeck, Sepp Maier, Paul Breitner and, of course, Uli Hoeneß and Karl Heinz Rummenigge, along with greats and fan favorites like Oliver Kahn, Lothar Matthäus, Hasan Salihamidžić, Giovane Elber, and recently retired Luca Toni.
And, Knut Kircher, the veteran referee who is calling it quits after 15 seasons as a Bundesliga and FIFA official, was honored with a bouquet by Rummenigge. Like I said, class just oozes out of every Bayern pore.