Monday, May 3, 2010

Bayern Munich secure league title

Bayern Munich's hat-trick hero Thomas Müller admitted it was a relief to finally capture some silverware after Saturday's 3-1 win over Bochum effectively handed them the Bundesliga title.

Having been in Bayern's reserves only last August, Müller, 20, is enjoying a stellar season having won his first cap in March, helped Bayern reach the Champions League final in April and now begun May with the German title.

Bayern finish the season at Hertha Berlin next Saturday, but after rivals Schalke lost 2-0 to Werder Bremen, Munich will win their 22nd German league title regardless of results as they have a vastly superior goal difference.

"It's a huge weight off our shoulders, because we're there at last," said Müller, who scored his first two goals inside 20 minutes and completed his hat-trick on 69 minutes.

"We've worked for this the whole season. We're proud of the way we pulled together as a team and escaped the alleged crisis situation we were in," he said. "Winning the title is a just reward for the club and the players."

Having already made his Germany debut against Argentina in March, Müller is set to travel to next month's World Cup in South Africa.

He has developed considerably under Bayern coach Louis van Gaal who has won
the Bundesliga in his first season in charge having also picked up La Liga titles with Barcelona and last season's Dutch title with AZ Alkmaar.

"We've hit our most important target, winning the Bundesliga," said van Gaal.

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