Bayern Claim Ninth Title

Bayern Munich claimed their ninth straight Bundesliga title on Saturday with a crushing 6-0 win at home against Borussia Monchengladbach. The hosts had the upper hand as early as the second minute when the irrepressible Robert Lewandowski scored his 37th Bundesliga goal of the season. Thomas Muller doubled that lead 21 minutes later, before Lewandowski added a second and Kingsley Comom put a win beyond doubt just minutes before the half time whistle was blown.

Lewandowski was then on hand to claim yet another hat-trick from the penalty spot and his 39th goal for the season when Florian Neuhaus was deemed to have handled the ball in the Gladbach box. Leroy Sane then rounded off a fine Bayern break in the 85th minute to hand Bayern their 31st German title. Having been chased by RB Leipzig all season, this title victory will taste all the better for the Bavarians who won’t retain their European title following their defeat to PSG in the Champions League quarter-finals. 

In France, Lille moved a step closer to the French title after they beat Lens 3-0 at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis. Two goals from veteran forward and captain, Burak Yılmaz, and a third from the exciting Jonathan David sealed the three points for the side looking for their first French league title in 10 years. That job was made all the easier when PSG could only draw 1-1 against Renne as the Roazhon Park on Sunday evening. Just two more wins now stand between Lille and the title.

West Brom Relegated 

West Brom were relegated from the top flight for the 11th time in their history this weekend as Arsenal claimed a convincing 3-1 win at The Emirates. The Baggies had notably improved in recent weeks, buoyed by the arrival of Sam Allardyce and the form of loan singings Conor Gallagher and Ainsley Maitland-Niles. But it was sadly not enough to prevent Allardyce from suffering his first relegation as a manager. 

Arsenal were ahead just before the half-hour marl as Emile Smith Rowe stole into the box to get on the end of a Bukayo Saka cross, turning home his first Premier League goal. Nicolas Pépé was then on hand to add a second, making the most of a fearful West Brom backline to cut onto his trusted left foot and bending a sumptuous finish into the top corner. 

Matheus Pereira has been West Brom’s shining light this season and proved exactly why he’s been attracting so many admiring looks when he picked up the ball in his own half, drove to the edge of Arsenal box and fired home his 10th goal of the season. But any hope of a dramatic late comeback was extinguished in the final minute as Willian curled a fine free-kick beyond Sam Johnstone, his first for the Gunners. The Baggies now face an immediate return to the Championship where they will look to retain as many of their current group of players as they attempt to bounce straight back. 

Elsewhere on Sunday, Manchester United forced their cross-city rivals, Manchester City, to wait a little longer to claim the title as they beat Aston Villa 3-1 at Villa Park. Villa initially took the lead through a fine Bertrand Traore goal — the Frenchman firing from an incredibly acute angle to beat Dean Henderson all ends up. But United weren’t down for long. Within the space of four second-half minutes, they were in front courtesy of goals from Bruno Fernandes and Mason Greenwood. Fernandes’ goal from the penalty spot was his 17th of the season, while Greenwood’s glorious turn and finish was evidence of the teenager’s instinctive eye for goal. Edinson Cavani then put the game to bet in the 87th minute, flicking home a subtle header to bring him up to 9 goals for the season. 

Finally, West Ham’s Champions League chances were dealt a serious blow as they were beaten 1-0 away from home by Everton. A solitary goal from Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the 24th minute proved to be the difference between the two sides, a result which now leaves the Hammers five points adrift of a coveted top four spot. 

Chelsea Win Champions League Dress Rehearsal

Chelsea staked their claim to a second European title when they beat their upcoming opponents Manchester City in the Premier League on Saturday. The 2-1 victory at The Etihad was an evenly contested affair, but one that City could have put to bed just minutes before half-time. City were already 1-0 thanks to Raheem Sterling, but when Gabriel Jesus was fouled in the box mere moments later, there were few who doubted that Sergio Aguero would miss the subsequent penalty. But the Argentine recorded arguably the miss of the season as he attempted to dink a Panenka penalty past Eduoard Mendy in goal, only for the Senegalese stopper to simply stand his ground and catch the ball. 

This opened the door for a remarkable Chelsea comeback which saw Hakim Ziyech stylishly pull them level before Marcos Alonso thumped an absolute rocket past Ederson in the games dying moments. The result was not only significant to Chelsea’s position in the top four, but also because it means City have to wait until their next match to seal the title that has been theirs for some months now. 

What this means for the European showpiece event at the end of May, however, is also intriguing. Many had written Chelsea’s season off a few months ago, but since the arrival of Thomas Tuchel, a dramatic uptick in form has befallen the Blues. Following this weekend’s antics predicting who wakes up on 30th May as European champions has become a much harder task.

Elsewhere on Saturday, there was a fine win for Leeds United who beat Spurs 3-1 at Elland Road, consigning the Lilywhites to an eleventh league defeat this season. The result means that Spurs remain just two points outside a Europa League spot, while Leeds remain in the top half of the table.