Bayern keen to dispel Champions League gloom with league title


Bayern Munich will be eager to clinch a record fourth consecutive Bundesliga title on Saturday to dispel some of the gloom of their mid-week Champions League exit to Atletico Madrid, which scuppered their chances of a treble.

The Bavarians, who face Ingolstadt on Saturday, suffered a third successive semi-final exit under coach Pep Guardiola.

The result meant Guardiola will join Manchester City without having won the European Cup with the Germans, with the 2-2 aggregate result condemning them to defeat against Atletico on the away goals rule.

But Bayern can still clinch the domestic league and Cup double to end the season on a high note with Guardiola having three matches left, including the German Cup final.

Only Bayern and Borussia Moenchengladbach have managed to win the league three straight times since the Bundesliga’s creation in 1963.

“The team needs to be left alone after the defeat to Atletico,” said club CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. “Everyone is still bitterly disappointed. Now we need to lick our wounds and then it is off to Ingolstadt on Saturday.

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