Ancelotti’s de­light as Bay­ern’s ri­vals stum­ble

New Straits Times - - Sport -

Carlo Ancelotti cau­tiously ad­mits the Bun­desliga ti­tle is ef­fec­tively Bay­ern Mu­nich’s to lose after they opened a 10point lead on Satur­day as their two clos­est ri­vals slipped fur­ther be­hind.

Robert Le­wandowski net­ted twice in a 3-0 home win against Ein­tra­cht Frank­furt while sec­ond-placed RB Leipzig crashed to a 1-0 de­feat at home to Wolfs­burg and Borus­sia Dortmund lost 2-1 at Hertha Ber­lin.

Bay­ern have now hit 28 goals in their last six games, with Le­wandowski claim­ing 10 of them, and the Bavar­ian giants are on course to col­lect a fifth straight Ger­man league ti­tle in Ancelotti’s first sea­son.

“It was a good day for us with good re­sults in other sta­di­ums,” said Ancelotti.

“The first half was dif­fi­cult and Frank­furt were bet­ter than us.

“In all hon­esty, they didn’t de­serve to be 2-0 down at the break.

“We were bet­ter after the break and got our con­trol back.

“We have a good lead now (in the ta­ble), but we must stay fo­cused, there are still a lot of games.”

De­spite Ancelotti’s cau­tious ap­proach and with ten games left, it will take a col­lapse for Bay­ern to be de­nied a fifth ti­tle in a row.

The Ger­man giants are also well-placed to com­plete a tre­ble of Cham­pi­ons League, Bun­desliga and Ger­man Cup ti­tles.

It is nearly four months since Bay­ern’s last de­feat — a 3-2 loss at Ros­tov in the Cham­pi­ons League on Nov 23.

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