Featured Matches
Previous
Lille
FC Porto
ESPNDeportes 6:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
NK Maribor
Celtic
6:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Standard Liege
Zenit St Petersburg
ESPN3 6:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Stjarnan
Internazionale
9:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Fulham
Wolverhampton Wanderers
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Colorado Rapids
Los Angeles Galaxy
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Seattle Sounders FC
San Jose Earthquakes
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
AaB
Apoel Nicosia
ESPN3 6:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Lille
FC Porto
ESPNDeportes 6:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
NK Maribor
Celtic
6:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Slovan Bratislava
BATE Borisov
ESPN3 6:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Standard Liege
Zenit St Petersburg
ESPN3 6:45 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk
Hajduk Split
4:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Stjarnan
Internazionale
9:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Fulham
Wolverhampton Wanderers
7:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Livingston
Heart of Midlothian
6:45 PM GMT
Game Details
Colorado Rapids
Los Angeles Galaxy
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Seattle Sounders FC
San Jose Earthquakes
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
DC United
Waterhouse
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
CD FAS
Montreal Impact
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Nacional Potosí
Libertad
9:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
UTC
Deportivo Cali
9:00 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
General Díaz
Cobresal
11:15 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Peñarol
Wilstermann
11:15 PM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
Deportivo La Guaira
Atlético Nacional
1:30 AM GMT
Leg 1
Game Details
River Plate
Colón de Santa Fe
11:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Guadalajara
Zacatepec
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Puebla
Necaxa
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Altamira
Queretaro
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
At. San Luis
Monterrey
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Veracruz
Lobos BUAP
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Figueirense FC
Botafogo
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Santos FC
Atletico Paranaense
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Sport
Palmeiras
10:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Bahia
Criciúma
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Coritiba FBC
EC Vitória
12:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Chapecoense AF
Fluminense FC
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Flamengo
Atlético MG
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Internacional
São Paulo
1:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Western Sydney Wanderers
Guangzhou Evergrande
1
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Pohang Steelers
FC Seoul
0
0
FT
Leg 1
Game Details
Free State Stars
SuperSport United
0
2
LIVE 37'
Game Details
Bidvest Wits
Maritzburg Utd
5:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Chippa United
Pretoria Univ
5:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Moroka Swallows
Mamelodi Sundowns
5:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Mpumalanga Black Aces
Silver Stars
5:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Orlando Pirates
Amazulu
5:30 PM GMT
Game Details
Saprissa
Santos
2:00 AM GMT
Game Details
Sky Blue FC
Houston Dash
11:00 PM GMT
Game Details
Next
May 10, 2014

Careful, Pep! Bayern boss drops Bundesliga trophy

Bayern Munich sealed their 24th Bundesliga title back in March against Hertha Berlin and finally got their hands on the Meisterschale after an injury-time winner against VfB Stuttgart on Saturday, courtesy of substitute striker Claudio Pizarro.

- Report: Bayern Munich 1-0 VfB Stuttgart

Bayern ended the season on 90 points -- 19 ahead of Borussia Dortmund -- after drawing just three and losing two throughout the 2013-14 Bundesliga campaign.

And Pep Guardiola dropped the trophy. (Isn't that seven years of bad luck, or something?) It wasn't quite Sergio Ramos style, but the slippery Paulaner Weissbier did Guardiola in.

Many Bayern Munich supporters still find Guardiola's tactics questionable, but despite a recent dip in form, they finished with arguably their second-best season in 49 years. Too bad the best campaign was last time out under Jupp Heynckes. Bayern won 29 out of 34 league matches and ended up with a huge goal difference of plus-71 -- although the changing of the managerial guard has still caused some friction.

In the end, though, it's harsh -- perhaps even rash -- to criticise Guardiola for taking a treble-winning side under his wing. He has set about revolutionising Bayern's style of play, making it his own. He is an ideologue, after all, and will certainly need more time and a couple of transfer windows to see his true vision of Bayern. I have criticised his tactics throughout the entire season, and I am still unsure about what he wants to accomplish at the club -- but he needs time.

If the nets were about a foot wider on all sides, Bayern might have ended their season with a Stuttgart slaughter. Thomas Muller, Toni Kroos, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Dante, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Daniel van Buyten all squandered chances to end the league season on a real high. Stuttgart's keeper Sven Ulreich must be given credit, though, for keeping his team in the game with wonderful saves from Mario Mandzukic, David Alaba and Arjen Robben.

The statistics give you a flavour of this match -- 24 Bayern attempts to VfB's eight and 73 percent possession from the home side. It wasn't a particularly bad showing for Bayern -- the team were fluid and controlled -- but they lacked the killer instinct in attack.

Robben was not the hero of the day, as that accolade went to Pizarro for his late goal, but the Dutchman was in fine form and rightly in contention for the Bundesliga player of the year.

What else is left to say about Peruvian international Pizarro?  His 176 goals is by far the record for non-German goalscorers in the league. He's out of contract with Bayern this summer, but with 10 goals this season as a back up to Mandzukic, he should be signed up for another term.

The Torjaegerkanone, sadly, was lost by Mandzukic on the last day to future Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski as he scored a brace against Hertha Berlin in his final Bundesliga match for Dortmund-- ending the scoring charts two up on his rival.

Celebrations and Bierdusche were the order of the day as Bayern made their way through the city to the New Town Hall in Marienplatz after this win. They'll have just one day to revel in their glory before looking forward to Berlin and Dortmund next Saturday for the DFB-Pokal final.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.