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Soccer-Bayern’s Nagelsmann relieved with title after difficult first season

Bundesliga – Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund
Bundesliga – Bayern Munich v Borussia Dortmund

MUNICH, Germany (Reuters) – Bayern Munich coach Julian Nagelsmann breathed a sigh of relief when he crowned a challenging first season at the German powerhouse with his first Bundesliga title on Saturday, extending their run to 10 straight league wins.

“It felt great. I know how important it was to win it today,” Nagelsmann, who had joined from RB Leipzig, said. “It moves the season into a better light. It is my first major title as well so it feels great.”

Bayern beat second-placed Borussia Dortmund 3-1 in front of a 75,000-strong home crowd to move 12 points clear of them with three games remaining, and make sure of their only trophy this season.

First half goals from Serge Gnabry and Robert Lewandowski as well as a late goal from Jamal Musiala secured their title-sealing win with Dortmund cutting the deficit with a second half penalty through Emre Can.

“It was not an easy season I have to say,” said Nagelsmann who at 34 became the second youngest coach to win the Bundesliga.

“I am not one to complain but a lot of things happened and we had setbacks. So I am happy to have won it. Had we not won today we would have to handle an unnecessary setback.”

The Bavarians had suffered a shock Champions League quarter-final exit to Villarreal earlier in the month and had also crashed out of the German Cup second round with their heaviest ever defeat, a 5-0 thrashing by Borussia Moenchengladbach.

That made winning the league mandatory.

“It has not been an easy season so that is why I am happy that we sealed it with the league title,” Nagelsmann said.

“Next season I will be feeling the same pressure if not more and hopefully we are more successful in two of the three competitions and then also win the 11th straight league title.”

(Reporting by Karolos Grohmann, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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