Bayern Munich’s Leon Goretzka has spoken of his excitement of potentially winning the Bundesliga title at the Allianz Arena on the final Matchday.
Bayern had the chance to wrap up their seventh straight Bundesliga title with a game to spare but were held to a goalless draw at RB Leipzig. They and Goretzka thought they were on course to do so when the 24-year-old put the ball in the back of the net early in the second half, only for VAR to rule it out because of an offside in the build-up.
Thanks to Borussia Dortmund’s 3-2 win over Fortuna Düsseldorf, the race will go down to the final day, but Goretzka and his Munich teammates don’t seem to mind too much.
“We’ve now got the opportunity to win the title on the final Matchday, in front of our own fans. I don’t think it gets more emotional than that,” the Germany international said after the Leipzig match.
A victory for Bayern will secure a 29th German league title – and 28th in the Bundesliga era – but a point will likely also be enough owing to the record champions’ vastly superior goal difference.
For goalkeeper Sven Ulreich, however, there is only one option. “We want to win at home, we don’t want to rely on anything else,” the three-time Bundesliga champion declared.
Defender Niklas Süle believes winning a first title by playing at home since 1999/2000 is “nice for the fans, even if it would’ve been better if we’d done it one or two weeks ago”.
Coach Niko Kovac added, “Putting something off doesn’t mean it won’t happen. We have the chance next week in front of our home fans and I’m certain we’ll be fired up – both in the stands and on the pitch. We need a point but we want to win.”