Bayern Munich wins record fourth straight Bundesliga title
Bayern Munich set a Bundesliga record Saturday, winning a fourth straight league title after a 2-1 win at FC Ingolstadt.
The title is Bayern's 26th of all time, by far the most in German top-flight history. FC Nurnberg is next with nine.
Bayern wrapped up the 2015-16 title with a game to spare, as it holds an eight-point lead over second-place Borussia Dortmund, the last non-Bayern club to win the Bundesliga. Dortmund's 1-0 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt Saturday also would've wrapped up the title for Bayern regardless of its result, but Pep Guardiola's side took care of its own business. Against Ingolstadt, Robert Lewandowski scored twice in the first half, one on a penalty kick and one off a beautiful assist from Xabi Alonso, and Bayern held on for the trophy-clinching 2-1 victory.
Bayern can still win one other trophy this season as well, as it will meet Dortmund in the DFB Pokal (German Cup) final on May 21 in Berlin. The match will also serve as Guardiola's last managing the club before he departs for Manchester City. Guardiola was denied a shot at a treble–which would've matched his predecessor, Jupp Heynckes–when Atletico Madrid eliminated Bayern from the Champions League in the semifinals.
Bayern won the Bundesliga in each of Guardiola's three seasons at the helm. This season's charge was led by the dynamic attacking duo of Lewandowski and Muller, who combined for 49 league goals. Lewandowski's 29 are leading the Bundesliga. Five of those goals came in an unforgettable nine-minute stretch–as a halftime substitute, no less–in a win over Wolfsburg in September.
The club also relied on a staunch defense despite a rash of injuries to key players across the back line. Guardiola mixed and matched in front of Neuer to a degree of great success, even turning to the likes of 21-year-old converted midfielder Joshua Kimmich as part of a unit that conceded just 16 times in league play.
Bayern, which only lost at Monchengladbach and at home to Mainz all season, will conclude its Bundesliga campaign against Hannover on May 14.