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Friday 30 September 2016

Pep Guardiola shares credit with Jupp Heynckes after Bayern's fourth Bundesliga title in a row

Published 07/05/2016 | 18:45

Bayern Munich's Brazilian defender Rafinha celebrates with a paper mock up of the Bundesliga trophy after the German first division Bundesliga football match between FC Ingolstadt 04 and FC Bayern Munich, at the Audi Sportpark in Ingolstadt
Bayern Munich's Brazilian defender Rafinha celebrates with a paper mock up of the Bundesliga trophy after the German first division Bundesliga football match between FC Ingolstadt 04 and FC Bayern Munich, at the Audi Sportpark in Ingolstadt

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola paid tribute to his predecessor Jupp Heynckes after making history on Saturday.

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For the first time ever, Bayern lifted the Bundesliga title for a fourth season in a row, and Guardiola was quick to point out that his hat-trick of wins since taking charge of the Bavarians in 2013 would not have meant so much without Heynckes' contribution.

"I would like to share this title with Jupp Heynckes," said the Catalan. "We have done something quite remarkable - four titles in a row."

Guardiola leaves Bayern this summer after three successful years in which he has won three Bundesliga titles, one UEFA Super Cup, a FIFA Club World Cup and the DFB-Pokal, which he can still win again when his side face Borussia Dortmund in the final on May 21.

He may not have succeeded in winning the Champions League, but he nevertheless says he will look back with pride on what he has achieved in Munich.

"Many thanks to everybody, to all the people in Germany," he said. "I have been delighted with the experience I have had here.

"I want to pay a huge compliment to everybody who works here, to the fans and to the exceptional players.

"Every single one of them have helped us. And big compliments too to Borussia Dortmund, who have been huge rivals for us."

Indeed, beating the 77 points Dortmund have picked up this season required an outstanding performance, and Thomas Muller said Bayern delivered it.

"It's been an incredible season from us," the Germany forward said on his club's website.

"In Dortmund, we've had the strongest side ever to finish second in Bundesliga history. But we were the strongest in the end, and we're delighted about it.

"Four titles in a row - that's never happened in Bundesliga history, and there have been some amazing sides down the years.

"It's extraordinary and we shouldn't play it down at all. A huge weight has now been lifted and it's left a great deal of satisfaction."

Bayern will pick up their 25th Bundesliga winners' trophy after their final-day clash with relegated Hannover at the Allianz Arena next weekend.

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