Bundsliga Team of the Week: Gotze & Lahm secure title for Bayern

The Bavarians won 3-1 in Berlin to retain their national crown and three of their stars make Goal’s weekly XI

Bayern wrapped up the Bundesliga title in record time with a 3-1 victory over Hertha in Berlin on Tuesday to cap a brilliant season. Meanwhile, bitter rivals Dortmund and Schalke played out a 0-0 draw and Leverkusen ended a poor run of form by beating Augsburg 3-1 in Bavaria.

The No.1 shirt in Goal‘s Bundesliga Team of the Week is taken by Schalke keeper Ralf Fahrmann, who made some astonishing saves to hold BVB to a goalless draw at Signal Iduna Park.

Dortmund’s Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Schalke’s Joel Matip also starred in the Revierderby, while Dante was one of the key players in the Bayern team who finally sealed the title. Ricardo Rodriguez of Wolfsburg completes the back line.

Philipp Lahm was at the heart of everything for Bayern in the Olympiastadion and Mario Gotze got on the scoresheet for the champions. Roberto Firmino continued his great from for Hoffenheim and Son Heung-Min led Leverkusen to a much-needed win.

Nurnberg claimed a massive 2-0 win over Stuttgart thanks to two Josip Drmic goals and Dominick Kumbela also scored twice as Eintracht Braunschweig got a rare win under their belts.

Bayern favourites for Champions League, insists Hitzfeld

The Switzerland boss says Pep Guardiola has advanced the team and described the Bavarians’ performances this season as “sensational”

Former Bayern Munich coach Ottmar Hitzfeld has praised Pep Guardiola and his team for their title victory and has every confidence they can go on to defend their Champions League title.

The Bavarians clinched the Bundesliga trophy on Tuesday as they defeated Hertha Berlin 3-1, becoming the earliest champions in the history of the German top flight.

Hitzfeld, the current Switzerland coach, is in awe of the team and their coach Pep Guardiola and tipped them to go on and become the first team to retain the top European prize in its modern incarnation.

“It is always sensational when a team gets to break such records,” he told RMC Sport. “No team have been champions so early in the season.

“This is a sensational performance from Bayern. Pep Guardiola has made them even better – a coach who had already won everything.

“For me, Bayern are the favourites for the Champions League.”

Bayern are back in action on Saturday against Hoffenheim with pride to play for and further records to grab in the Bundesliga.

Messi would make Bayern unbeatable, says Maradona

The Bavarians retained their Bundesliga title in record time on Wednesday and the Argentina legend says the addition of his compatriot would put them out of reach of everyone

Diego Maradona believes Bayern Munich would be unbeatable if they were to sign Barcelona star Lionel Messi.

Bayern clinched a 24th Bundesliga title on Tuesday with a 3-1 win at Hertha Berlin, which moved them into an unassailable 25-point lead at the summit with seven games to spare.

The Bavarians have now won six trophies in under two seasons, with former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola – who replaced Jupp Heynckes in the close season – guiding them to success in the league, Super Cup and Club World Cup already this term.

Guardiola’s men are still in contention to retain the Champions League title they won last year and will add Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski to their ranks on a free transfer at the end of the campaign.

And Argentina legend Maradona admits Bayern would be untouchable if they were ever to tempt four-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi to swap Camp Nou for the Allianz Arena.

“(Robert) Lewandowski and Messi? Then everyone else would play for second place. In every competition, in every league.”

Maradona: I'd love to work with Guardiola

The Argentina legend has revealed his admiration for the Spaniard, Germany captain Philipp Lahm and the entertainment value of the Bundesliga

Diego Maradona says he would love to work with Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola and shadow him for a week at the Allianz Arena.

The Bavarians won the Bundesliga in record time last night after beating Hertha Berlin 3-1 and look well set for a bold attempt at repeating their treble-winning heroics of last season.

Argentina legend Maradona is a big admirer of Guardiola’s work and admits he has been taken aback by the development of German football in recent years.

I’d love to work a week with Guardiola and visit him at Bayern, watch him work. I’d like that,” the 53-year-old told Sport Bild.

Germany are as strong as ever and one of the favourites for the World Cup, that didn’t change. But there is one difference: Today you can see great games in Germany.

“Football made a big step forward there. It’s more entertaining and not only tackles and long balls anymore. German football is fun now.” 

Germany are among the favourites to win the World Cup in Brazil this summer, but Maradona fears the South American heat could be an issue, while praising the intelligence of their captain Philipp Lahm.

“If they can’t adapt to the climate, they’ll just be a team like any other.

“Lahm is the embodiment of German football. He can play both wings and in the centre. He distributes the balls and makes the diference.”
 

Manchester United have no chance against Bayern – McManaman

The former Liverpool and Real Madrid winger believes the Premier League champions will have their work cut out against the Bavarians in Europe

Steve McManaman says Manchester United have “no chance” of beating Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

The reigning Premier League champions were paired with Pep Guardiola’s side in last Friday’s draw, with the Bavarians firm favourites to advance against a United side enduring the most torrid of campaigns.

David Moyes’s men squeezed past Olympiakos in the last 16 courtesy of a 3-2 aggregate victory but are sat seventh in the Premier League table following Tuesday’s 3-0 defeat to Manchester City.

And McManaman, who played for United’s arch-rivals Liverpool before winning the Champions League with Real Madrid, fully expects Bayern to breeze into the semi-finals.

“Can United beat Bayern? Nooo, they have no chance,” he said. “Bayern Munich have an amazing team – they’re over 50 games unbeaten which is an incredible record. They are the favourites for the Champions League.”

The 42-year-old then gave his thoughts on the race for La Liga following Barcelona’s 4-3 victory over Real Madrid at the Bernabeu on Sunday.

“The result of the Clasico is great news for La Liga because there are now three teams in with a chance of winning the title,” McManaman added.

“When I see Diego Simeone with Atletico Madrid I see real possibilities, he is doing a perfect job.”