Bayern want double to send off Pep

Fans in Munich turn out to celebrate Bayern Munich winning the German Bundesliga football title for a fourth year in a row.
It's time for beer and cheer as coach Pep Guardiola is doused by Austrian midfielder David Alaba during Bayern's celebration of their fourth successive German Bundesliga crown. It was the Spaniard's 20th trophy as a coach and he wants to end on a hig
It's time for beer and cheer as coach Pep Guardiola is doused by Austrian midfielder David Alaba during Bayern's celebration of their fourth successive German Bundesliga crown. It was the Spaniard's 20th trophy as a coach and he wants to end on a high note with the German Cup.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

BERLIN • Pep Guardiola signed off his three years in the Bundesliga with a "beer shower" on Saturday, as Bayern Munich lifted a fourth straight German league football title after Saturday's 3-1 win over bottom side Hanover.

Bayern's 28th win in 34 league games triggered party scenes at the Allianz Arena, as the Bavarian side celebrated their 26th German league title.

This was Guardiola's 20th trophy as a coach, after 14 in four years with Barcelona and now six in three years in Munich, before leaving to coach England's Manchester City next season.

It was only a matter of minutes after the final whistle before he was soaked in beer as his players emptied over-sized glasses over the Spaniard in the traditional title celebrations.

"It's cold, it stinks, but it was nice," was Guardiola's verdict, after Manuel Neuer, David Alaba and Douglas Costa all emptied their three-litre glasses of beer over their coach.

"Of course, it's been a great day. Normally games like this are unpleasant and boring, because the concentration is lacking a bit, but that was a great game with lots of intensity. Now we'll celebrate for a day before getting ready to play Borussia Dortmund next Saturday."

Guardiola's final game as Bayern coach is Saturday's German Cup final against Dortmund in Berlin, where his side could send him off with the domestic double.

The 45-year-old received a standing ovation after a presentation from the 75,000 sold-out crowd at the Allianz Arena, as Bayern became the first club to win the German league four times in a row.

Poland hot-shot Robert Lewandowski finished as the Bundesliga's top scorer, after claiming his 30th league goal of the season. No other foreign striker has ever scored so many goals in a single Bundesliga season.

Mario Goetze then netted twice in what could be his last Bundesliga game for Bayern. According to reports, the German World Cup winner has been told to find a new club by Bayern's incoming coach Carlo Ancelotti, who will replace Guardiola next season.

Hanover, playing their last game before relegation, pulled a goal back via Poland international Artur Sobiech.

Stuttgart, the 2007 champions, were also relegated, after their 3-1 defeat at Wolfsburg.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 16, 2016, with the headline 'Bayern want double to send off Pep'. Print Edition | Subscribe