Guardiola praised after last match at Bayern

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Guardiola praised after last match at Bayern
Bayern coach Guardiola and midfielder Franck Ribery with the Bundesliga trophy after the tie against Hannover.

Published: Sun 15 May 2016, 10:26 PM

Last updated: Mon 16 May 2016, 12:31 AM

Pep Guardiola was showered with praise during Bundesliga title celebrations following his last home game as Bayern Munich coach on Saturday.
Bayern, which had already secured an unprecedented fourth straight league title, signed off by beating relegated Hannover 3-1 for its 28th win from 34 games.
After lifting the trophy in front of 75,000 fans, Bayern's players engaged in on-field celebrations. However, celebrations were cut short when several hundred fans attempted to join in. Guardiola and his players quickly left for the locker room, secured by the stadium's security staff.
"A pity because we wanted to stay and celebrate a bit longer," said Guardiola, who still described it as a "lovely day." Before the game, Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge thanked the coach for securing the title in each of his three seasons in charge.
"We had a great time together," Rummenigge said. "We had three brilliant years with you. You always kept pushing and pushing the team."
Rummenigge described Guardiola as a "great ambassador for us and for the whole Bundesliga."
Scenes from Guardiola's time in charge were shown in the stadium as fans applauded. Bayern honorary president Franz Beckenbauer and former president Uli Hoeness both embraced the 45-year-old Guardiola.
Guardiola is leaving at the end of the season for Manchester City in the English Premier League. Guardiola, who took over Jupp Heynckes' treble winning side of 2013, departs without winning the Champions League after going out at the semifinal stage to Spanish opposition each season.
After the latest exit to Atletico Madrid he was asked if it meant that his three-year mission at Bayern was unfulfilled.
"Perhaps," Guardiola replied.
In the Bundesliga, Bayern's dominance was clear each year. Bayern finished 10 points clear of Borussia Dortmund this season, a Dortmund side that lost 5-1 in Munich in October but still produced the best ever Bundesliga campaign for a second-placed team since the league's formation in 1963.
Bayern lost just twice all season - to Borussia Moenchengladbach and Mainz - despite not always displaying the free-flowing and convincing football of previous years. Sheer will to eke out results proved vital when the team looked to be in trouble, highlighted when the side was 2-0 down to Juventus in the Champions League but managed to come back and win 4-2 in extra time, or in narrow league wins at home over Eintracht Frankfurt and Cologne.
"The assurance has suffered a bit the last few weeks," Thomas Mueller said after Bayern had scraped past Benfica in the Champions League. "We stand together well as a team but it's no longer as easy as it was."
 

By AP

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