Boateng: No let-up from treble-chasing Bayern

The Germany international knows his team must concentrate between now and the end of the campaign as they look to win the treble

Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng says the German champions will not ease off after winning the Bundesliga on Tuesday.

Pep Guardiola’s side wrapped up their 24th top-flight title with a comfortable 3-1 victory over Hertha Berlin at the Olympic Stadium. 

After what has been a dominant start to Guardiola’s tenure, Bayern became the first Bundesliga club to win the title in March, clinching the league with a record seven matches to spare. 

However, with Bayern in contention to defend their DFB-Pokal and Champions League titles, Boateng has urged his team-mates not to rest up in their hunt to gain further silverware.

“The pressure on the domestic front is definitely gone, but in spite of that we’ve got to maintain our concentration levels,” he told the Bundesliga’s official website.

“There are plenty of records for us still to break, which is why we’re still determined to win our last seven league games.

“We’ve got some tough opponents left to face in the Bundesliga, which will be good tests for us ahead of our Champions League matches. Aside from that we still want to lift the DFB Cup again.

“There’s still plenty of life left in us this season.”

Boateng calls for Bayern to remain focused after Bundesliga triumph

The Germany international knows his team must concentrate between now and the end of the campaign as they look to win the treble

Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng insists the German champions will not ease off after winning the Bundesliga on Tuesday.

Pep Guardiola’s side wrapped up their 24th top-flight title with a comfortable 3-1 victory over Hertha Berlin at the Olympic Stadium. 

After what has been a dominant start to Guardiola’s tenure, Bayern became the first Bundesliga club to win the title in March, clinching the league with a record seven matches to spare. 

However, with Bayern in contention to defend their DFB-Pokal and Champions League titles, Boateng has urged his team-mates not to rest up in their hunt to gain further silverware.

“The pressure on the domestic front is definitely gone, but in spite of that we’ve got to maintain our concentration levels,” he told the Bundesliga’s official website.

“There are plenty of records for us still to break, which is why we’re still determined to win our last seven league games.

“We’ve got some tough opponents left to face in the Bundesliga, which will be good tests for us ahead of our Champions League matches. Aside from that we still want to lift the DFB Cup again.

“There’s still plenty of life left in us this season.”

Low: Guardiola has taken Bayern to the next level

The Germany boss believes the Spaniard has imprinted his own style on the team’s play and is hopeful it will give his World Cup stars a confidence boost ahead of Brazil

Germany head coach Joachim Low has paid tribute to Pep Guardiola for leading Bayern Munich to their “unbelievable” Bundesliga triumph.

The Bavarians secured the title in record time following their 3-1 win over Hertha Berlin on Tuesday and Low believes Guardiola has taken the side to another level following his appointment as Jupp Heynckes’ replacement last summer.

“It’s an unbelievable achievement to wrap up the title at such an early stage. Congratulations to all those responsible at the club, to FC Bayern, and above all to coach Pep Guardiola,” he was quoted as saying by the club’s official website.

“He’s brought the team on even further than before, and you can see his influence in terms of dominance and possession. I’m naturally delighted for our national team players at Bayern. The title will give them a real boost.

“We have another major shared target this year. Bayern have every chance of repeating the triumph of last year.”

Germany team manager Oliver Bierhoff added that Bayern’s achievement was an indication of the incredible amount of discipline and hard work at the club.

“Warm congratulations to everyone responsible at Bayern for this masterful achievement. FC Bayern is a leading brand with huge levels of awareness all over the world, and not only because of their footballing achievements,” said the former striker.

“I hope Bayern can continue their superb level of performance here and on the European stage. Success never comes automatically, it’s the result of disciplined hard work.”

Neuer: Guardiola has made Bayern better

The Germany international goalkeeper has heaped praise on the former Barcelona boss for the way in which he has seamlessly developed the treble-winners’ style of play this season

Manuel Neuer says Bayern Munich are lucky to have Pep Guardiola, arguing that the Catalan coach has actually made the Bavarians better this season.

When he arrived at the Allianz Arena last summer, the former Barcelona boss had the unenviable task of trying to improve a side that had just completed a treble.

However, with Bayern took a significant step towards successfully defending their three titles by winning the Bundesliga with a record seven games to spare, one more than they managed last season.

Neuer freel admits that he has been taken aback at just how well Bayern have performed in Guardiola’s first season in charge.

“We know he is a great coach,” Neuer told Sky. “And, of course, we picked up momentum from the treble win; you clearly have to say that.

“But nobody expected that it would continue so seamlessly. We are happy to have this coach and he develops us.”

Meanwhile, Bayern winger Arjen Robben admitted that he is now looking forward to enjoying the benefits of wrapping up the title before the end of March, namely a couple of days off to celebrate their success.

“I don’t know what follows now,” the Dutch winger mused. “We will see. If Schweini [midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger] plans a party, he usually does that well. There will be a beer shower!”

After concluding their title celebrations, Bayern will have to quickly turn their attentions to the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash with Manchester United next week.

Guardiola joy at title triumph: I didn't think Bayern would be so good

The Catalan hailed the work done by predecessor Jupp Heynckes but says that Philipp Lahm and Co. have actually improved over the past 10 months

Pep Guardiola claimed after Bayern Munich clinched the Bundesliga title in record-breaking fashion that they are now an even better side than they were last season.

The Bavarians won a treble under previous coach Jupp Heynckes and were crowned champions of Germany with six rounds of the season remaining.

However, Tuesday’s win at Hertha Berlin saw Bayern seal the title with seven games to spare much to the delight of Guardiola, who freely admitted that even he did not expect things to go swell in his first season at the Allianz Arena.

“I am satisfied that we have done it,” the former Barcelona boss told Sky. “It’s another title for this club and that’s important.

“We’ve had a great season and now we will enjoy it. The Bundesliga is our bread and butter.

“In the cup competition it is enough to win four, five games to reach the final. In the league you have to work and work every day, every weekend.

“If you see how the boys worked under Jupp Heynckes already last season, they have got even better. That is the result of hard work.

“At the start of a season, you always hope that everything will be good – but I wouldn’t have thought that it would be this good.

“In the first four, five months, we had a lot of problems and a lot of injuries. Our level wasn’t good, but the individual quality of the players led to our wins.

“But we became better day by day. We will eat together now and celebrate together. If you have a bit of time, you should enjoy it. Today and tomorrow we are going to celebrate.”

Bayern are also on course to win a second successive treble, as they are already through to the semi-finals of the DFB-Pokal and the quarter-finals of the Champions League.