No Bayern celebration amid focus on Europe

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JUPP Heynckes said Bayern Munich will keep the champagne on ice – despite winning the German league title – as it focuses on the UEFA Champions League.
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JUPP Heynckes said Bayern Munich will keep the champagne on ice — despite winning the German league title — as it focuses on the UEFA Champions League.

A 4-1 comeback win at Augsburg on Saturday handed it a sixth straight Bundesliga title and crowned Bayern German champion for the 28th time in the club’s history.

Bayern now has the UCL in its sights as it looks to finish off Sevilla in Wednesday’s return leg at the Allianz Arena holding a 2-1 lead in their quarterfinal.

While the players partied on the pitch in Augsburg, Heynckes said the serious celebrations must wait until after the season finishes.

“No — we don’t want to really celebrate, but everyone is welcome to enjoy the title,” said Heynckes, who allowed a small celebration in Bayern’s dressing room.

“For example, Frank Ribery celebrates his eighth championship, while for many others, like Niklas Suele and Sebastian Rudy, it is their first championship — that’s something very important.

“For me as a player, (the league) was always the most important title.”

Augsburg took a shock lead through an own goal by Niklas Suele, but Bayern roared back as Corentin Tolisso, James Rodriguez, Arjen Robben and Sandro Wagner all scored.

The result leaves Bayern 20 points clear with five league games left and underlined its total dominance of the Bundesliga.

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