After an interesting season, Bayern Munich finally secured the Bundesliga title with a 6-0 rout of Wolfsburg.
It was a game that Die Roten never let go of and after dominating possession, they made quick work of a poor Wolves side with three goals in each half. After being knocked out of the Champions League and the DFB Pokal in their last five outings, it was a breath of fresh air for the Bayern squad to put the domestic race beyond doubt.
David Alaba and a Robert Lewandowski double effectively ended the match by half-time, as Wolfsburg were helpless to stop the Bavarians storming to victory.
The misery was piled on in the second half though, as Luiz Gustavo received a red card and Arjen Robben, Thomas Muller and Joshua Kimmich added to the goal tally to make it 6-0 by the end. It was an embarrassing and deeply worrying game for the hosts, as the Wolves now find themselves just one point away from a relegation playoff spot.
An emotional game for departing Bayern players
Philipp Lahm and Xabi Alonso secured the last trophy of their footballing careers with the win against Wolfsburg. The two legendary players have been iconic for their respective clubs and countries, but as they approach old age they have decided to hang up their boots.
The pair were immeasurably influential for Bayern, especially Lahm. As one of Germany’s best youth products, he has been the poster boy for the national team and while he may not have secured another treble at club level, it is fitting that he be sent off with a Bundesliga trophy. There are still a few games left in the season, but this one was the most significant for the two, as they celebrated winning silverware for the last time.
Wolfsburg barely safe
With 33 points and sitting just one away from the relegation playoffs, Wolfsburg are in a precarious position. There are just three games left to play, but nine points is an enormous difference at the bottom of the table. The Wolves have had a disastrous season and desperately need to save it – so securing safety is an absolute must. Relegation would be disastrous for a team that once had hopes of at getting into the Champions League next year. Even though Wolfsburg are well funded, a drop would see them lose a number of players and perhaps they would never recover.
Bayern youngsters show promise
In a season where some new signings have not played their best, it will be a welcome sight for fans to see Bayern’s youth putting in solid performances. Kimmich and Kingsley Coman were excellent for Die Roten, as Coman assisted and Kimmich scored one. These two are among Europe’s brightest young players and they showed their skills against Wolfsburg.
It is a difficult task finding a spot in the Bayern XI, but many fans now are starting to wonder whether these two should be assured starters if they can keep up this form. They have a long way to go, but as more players leave or retire, Carlo Ancelotti can be comfortable knowing he has a number of excellent upcoming talents to replace them.