Bayern Munich’s weekend of celebration stretched well into Sunday with the joyous players of the Bundesliga’s winter champions lighting up the team Christmas party and annual club visits.
“This all couldn’t have come at a better time; if we could have chosen how things would turn out, we would have wished for a situation like today,” a beaming Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said after the players gathered at the Palais Lenbach in Munich following their win against Eintracht Frankfurt.
“It’s Christmas, Bayern München have won, we’re top [of the Bundesliga] … so I’d like to express my congratulations to the team. Bravo!” the former Bayern and West Germany forward Rummenigge added.
There was plenty of entertainment on offer for the current Bayern greats who appeared in fine spirits having guaranteed themselves the title of Winter Champions with two games to spare following a 1-0, Matchday 15 win in Frankfurt.
The celebrations then spilled into Sunday and the many club visits attended by the likes of Niklas Süle, Javi Martínez, Franck Ribery, James Rodriguez, Corentin Tolisso and Thomas Müller, among others. The latter was even on hand to conduct a mini brass band concert, to the delight locals.
“As a team we'd like to say thank you to everyone,” Müller had said earlier. “Our footballing targets have always been an important part of things and we definitely intend to keep [our current form] up. Happy Christmas!,” Bayern’s No.25 continued.
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The defending champions have been in breathtaking form since coach Jupp Heynckes was drafted in to replace the dismissed Carlo Ancelotti in October. Under the guise of the 72-year-old, Bayern have won 11 of 13 games, losing just once. The Bavarian giants entertain Cologne on Wednesday prior to visiting Stuttgart for the final game before the winter break.