Borussia Dortmund won their seventh Bundesliga title after beating Nuremberg 2-0 as second-place Bayer Leverkusen faltered 2-0 at Cologne on Saturday.
The club’s manager Jurgen Klopp admitted relief rather than joy was the overriding emotion after his side was crowned as the 2010/11 Bundesliga champions. It was just their second win from their previous six fixtures.
I would say that the feeling of relief is a thousand times stronger than the actual delight in winning the league.
Despite being left out as one of the main candidates to win the league at the start of the campaign, Borrusia Dortmund (being the youngest team ever to win the Bundesliga) were able to overcome the heavy odds stacked against them.
It was their first title in nine years, having last won it in the year 2002. With two more games left to be played, Jurgen Klopp’s side are at the top of the table with a staggering 72 points (and counting), 8 points more than Bayer Leverkusen.
Lucas Barrios, who found the net in Dortmund’s 2-0 win over Nuremberg, is the current leading goal scorer for the club with a total of 14 goals from 27 starts. Meanwhile, the player with the most assists in the club so far this season turns out to be 18-year-old sensation Mario Gotze with a total of 11 assists, 2 more than Turkish star Nuri Sahin.