Bayern Munich thrash Wolfsburg to lift fifth straight Bundesliga crown
Bayern Munich cruised to their 27th German league title and their fifth Bundesliga in a row with an emphatic 6-0 win at struggling Wolfsburg.
David Alaba set the Bayern bandwagon into motion with a sublime free kick on 19 minutes, before Robert Lewandowski's brace made the game safe by half-time. Arjen Robben made it four with a trademark left-footed finish, before Thomas Muller got in on the act with number five. Joshua Kimmich provided the Joy of Six with a thundering finish from an angle with five minutes remaining.
With only three games remaining, Bayern cruised 10 points clear of nearest challengers RB Leipzig, who played out a goalless draw with struggling Ingolstadt earlier on Saturday. Now, where's that champagne or weissbier?
Sealing a fifth straight title for the third time in Wolfsburg after 2003 and 2008 with one of the best performances of the season.
After missing a bucketful of chances against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday in the cup, I do wonder if Lewandowski or Robben would swap one of their goals from today.
Manager rating out of 10
8 -- After receiving the dreaded vote of confidence from chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Carlo Ancelotti predictably added the Bundesliga to go with league titles in England, France and Italy.
Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)
GK Sven Ulreich, 7 -- Hardly tested, despite the toothless Wolves starting the game reasonably brightly.
DF David Alaba, 8 -- The Austrian's sweet free kick set Bayern on the way to a commanding victory, also rattling the crossbar early in the second half. Five of his 15 Bundesliga goal have come from direct free kicks. It's a serious weapon.
DF Mats Hummels, 7 -- Easily kept ex-Bayern striker Mario Gomez in check, before enjoying a breather after the exertions of recent weeks, making way for Juan Bernat.
DF Javi Martinez, 7 -- Bayern's record signing would not have enjoyed a quieter game than this all season.
DF Philipp Lahm, 8 -- Just another day at the office. Enjoy him while you can, there's unfortunately now only a maximum of three games left in Lahm's retirement countdown. Led the celebrations with the Bayern fans at the end, giving it large with a megaphone after adding a record-equalling eighth Bundesliga crown.
MF Joshua Kimmich, 9 -- Deputising for the sick Xabi Alonso, the wunderkind filled the veteran Basque's role with aplomb -- and obviously lot more speed and youthful exuberance. Capped a superb performance with a fierce finish and the final goal.
MF Thiago, 8 -- Ran the show superbly in midfield, buoyed by extending his stay in Bavaria until 2021.
MF Kingsley Coman, 8 -- Perhaps boosted by signing a permanent deal on Thursday, Coman was lively throughout and set up both of Lewandowski's goals with a blistering turn of pace.
MF Arjen Robben, 7 -- A quiet games by his standards but still grabbed his 11th league goal of the season in typical fashion with a left-footed finish to put Bayern four goals to the good.
MF Thomas Muller, 7 -- Denied by Wolfsburg's keeper Koen Casteels' double save, but Muller got the goal his efforts deserved by following up a Lewandowski shot that had struck the crossbar.
FW Robert Lewandowski, 8 -- After missing a host of chances against his former club in midweek, Lewandowski bounced back with a brace to take him back to the top of the Bundesliga scoring charts with 28 goals (41 in all competitions) and was only denied a hat trick by the crossbar late on.
DF Juan Bernat, 6 -- Slotted in at left-back for Alaba, who was needed in central defence.
DF Rafinha, N/R -- The twice-capped Brazilian replaced his skipper Lahm for a leisurely late fling.
MF Renato Sanches, N/R -- The Golden Boy replaced Thiago for the final 15 minutes in a difficult first season in Germany. At least he can now call himself Bundesliga Meister to go with European Champion with Portugal.
Mark Lovell covers Bayern Munich for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter: @LovellLowdown.