Bayern Munich manager pep Guardiola has been waiting almost two months to get his hands on the Bundesliga trophy, but on Saturday he let go of it earlier than he may have hoped.
The German champions played their final game of a record-breaking season in front of a packed Allianz Arena on Saturday, where they finally got to celebrate their title in front of their fans.
Bayern beat Stuttgart 1-0 through a 92nd-minute goal from former Chelsea striker Claudio Pizarro. The Peruvian is out of contract this summer, and grabbed the winner in what was probably his final game for the club.
The current European Champions won the title in record-time back in March, after beating Hertha Berlin 3-1. Today saw them end the season a staggering 19-points ahead of closest challengers Borussia Dortmund.
Bayern will now switch their attention to facing Dortmund next weekend, as they prepare to contest the German Cup final. Victory for Guardiola’s men would ensure a league and cup double, with only the Champions League missing after a 5-0 aggregate semi-final defeat to Real Madrid last month.
Guardiola has been waiting six-weeks to finally get his hands on the Bundesliga trophy, but today parted with the silverware sooner than expected. The former Barcelona manager dropped the shield in front of watching fans and photographers, as Bayern celebrated a comfortable league win.
Football fans across the world will now be eager to see what Guardiola does in the summer transfer window, with many of his players being tipped for moves elsewhere, none more than the Premier League.
Javi Martinez has been linked with a move to Arsenal in recent days, while Toni Kroos and Thomas Miller are said to be on the way to Manchester United. Robert Lewandowski is already confirmed as a Bayern Munich player for next season, as Guardiola looks to build a team capable of winning back the elusive Champions League crown.