Rampant Bayern win fifth straight title

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Bayern players celebrate with a mock-trophy after becoming the German champions for a fifth consecutive season. AFP / John Macdougall

BERLIN (AFP) – Bayern Munich were crowned Bundesliga champions for the fifth straight season on Saturday after Robert Lewandowski scored twice in a 6-0 thrashing of 10-man Wolfsburg.
 
After second-placed RB Leipzig were held to a goalless draw by Ingolstadt, Bayern wrapped up the title with a thumping away victory that left them 10 points clear with three games left.
 
“Five times in a row, that’s unbelievable. We completely deserve to be champions,” Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told Sky. Carlo Ancelotti has delivered a 27th league title in his first season as Bayern’s head coach.
 
“I am very happy, this win was important and it’s a fantastic experience,” said the Italian. Ancelotti has now won four national league titles after also lifting the Premier League with Chelsea, Serie A with AC Milan and Ligue 1 with Paris Saint Germain.
 
“I want to thank this great club,” he said. “We deserved the title and have played good football, now is the time to celebrate.” Lewandowski’s brace leaves the Polish predator on 28 goals this season, one more than Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in the race to be the league’s top marksman.
 
The league triumph is consolation for Wednesday’s 3-2 German Cup semi-final defeat at home to Dortmund, which denied Ancelotti the chance of emulating predecessor Pep Guardiola with the domestic double in his first season.
 
It also goes a small way towards making up for the disappointment of going out in the quarter-finals of the Champions League to Real Madrid.

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