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Thomas Mueller hails Bayern Munich’s ‘phenomenal’ ninth league title in a row

MUNICH -Thomas Mueller hailed Bayern Munich’s “phenomenal” achievement after they were confirmed Bundesliga champions for the ninth season in a row on Saturday.

Robert Lewandowski grabbed a hat-trick in a 6-0 thrashing of Borussia Moenchengladbach at the Allianz Arena in Munich.

Mueller scored Bayern’s second goal while Kingsley Coman and Leroy Sane also got on the scoresheet alongside Lewandowski, who now has 39 league goals this season, one short of Gerd Mueller’s all-time Bundesliga record.

“We wanted to show on the pitch that we are German champions,” said Lewandowski, who insisted he will “keep stepping on the gas” as he chases Mueller’s record with two games left.

Flick says Lewandowski is writing himself into the club’s folklore.

Club captain Manuel Neuer admitted it was a “bizarre situation” to be crowned champions while still warming up.

“We were just getting ready, there are a few TVs in the dressing rooms,” said the Germany goalkeeper.

“We realised that we had become champions and started congratulating each other.”

Thomas Mueller, a one-club wonder who won his first Bundesliga title with Bayern back in 2009/10, said he never dreamed of such success when he joined the Bavarian giants as a schoolboy.

“When you play here as a little boy, you don’t think you’ll ever play in the first team at FC Bayern. You’re just happy when you get tickets for home games,” he quipped.

AFP

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