It had every one of the signs of a title festivity. The newly printed dedicatory T-shirts, the floods of flying brew, the full arena (without precedent for an Allianz Arena release of this apparatus for more than two years), beating rivals of name to complete the task and the rest.
This was memorable, as Bayern Munich got a tenth progressive Bundesliga title. However it felt unusually unfilled, an impression that couldn’t entirely be put down either to the new unloading out of the Champions League or outright old overfamiliarity.
Not in any event, vanquishing Borussia Dortmund, the opponents who ostensibly began everything, drawing Bayern’s best ever years from them with their nerve in catching straight titles under Jürgen Klopp, could assist with shaking the circle of questions that canine the Rekordmeister at the present time.
On the pitch those beginning with their top scorer, the man whose 33rd association objective of another uncommon season not long before half-time set Bayern on an inflexible course to satisfying their Saturday night predetermination. However his post-match contemplations were misty, as opposed to especially victorious. “It isn’t so natural for me, what’s happening,” Robert Lewandowski told Sky after the match, where the customary lager showers – one of which, from Thomas Müller, doused Bastian Schweinsteiger as he played out his pitchside obligations for US TV – couldn’t wash away the inquiries right now irritating at Bayern on all levels.
“Something will happen soon,” Lewandowski added of his agreement circumstance, with Barcelona constantly credited with an interest, while declining to be drawn on what that something would be.
It seems the issue, maybe more than the capability of Lewandowski having a tingle to scratch as far as one final profession challenge, is Bayern’s hesitance to broaden his agreement past an additional long term given the cost in question. Given his vocation best structure over the most recent couple of years, improving as he moves further into his mid-30s, the striker has each option to feel disappointed by the club’s situation. His guiding of the examiner to “ask the club” whether they needed to him to remain was not his most memorable occasion of doing as such).
With donning chief Hasan Salihamidzic completely precluding selling him in the late spring as a visitor on Sky90 on Sunday morning the chance of Lewandowski leaving as he showed up, strolling free of charge in 2023, can’t be precluded. The other two thirtysomethings experiencing the same thing, Müller and Manuel Neuer, nailed their own tones to the pole with their words, with Neuer the last player on the pitch showing respect for the fans after the party moved to the evolving room.
Little uncertainty over Julian Nagelsmann is being the man to take them forward, notwithstanding that exit to Villarreal. “It wasn’t the least demanding year,” he said with some prudence, placing into point of view the excursion up to this point, the principles required and what’s to come. The mentor knows that his introduction season saw him “permitted to examination and get comfortable,” as Kicker’s Karlheinz Wild put it, and that the edges for blunder will just get more tight from here. He might be the second most youthful mentor to win the Bundesliga – after Matthias Sammer with Dortmund in 2002 – however he is no newbie, and completely sensitive to being Bayern mentor.
Nagelsmann likewise cleverly noticed that the way of Saturday’s crowning liturgy, beating the closest Bayern have needed to homegrown adversaries somewhat recently “places the season in a superior light”. On a corrective level there was a satisfying measure of obstruction, with Dortmund beginning energetically and mounting an acceptable endeavored rebound toward the beginning of the last part, with Emre Can cutting the deficiency with a punishment while another spot-kick ought to most likely have followed when Benjamin Pavard cumbersomely cut at Jude Bellingham. Official Daniel Siebert later said that, truth be told, “a punishment would have been the right choice”.