Tuchel Concedes Bundesliga Title To Boniface, Tella Leverkusen Teammates

Tuchel Concedes Bundesliga Title To Boniface, Tella Leverkusen Teammates

Thomas Tuchel said the Bundesliga title race was “obviously” over after his Bayern Munich side lost 2-0 to Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.

The defeat left Bayern 13 points behind leaders Bayer Leverkusen with seven games remaining.

Leverkusen have just three wins away from winning the Bundesliga for the first time.

Xabi Alonso’s men had to come from behind to beat Hoffenheim 2-1 to go 13 points clear of Bayern.

Nathan Tella, who came on in the 86th minute, provided the assist for Leverkusen’s winner in the 91st minute.

It was Tella’s second assist in 18 Bundesliga games for Leverkusen this season.

Asked whether the title race was now essentially over, Tuchel, who will leave at the end of the season, told Sky Sport Germany, via ESPN: “Obviously, yes.

“After today’s game there is no more need to count points. How many is it now? Congratulations to Leverkusen.

“We are very disappointed because we felt we did not bring the necessary passion to win the game. It was too little from us when it came to the basics.”

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Karim Adeyemi and Julian Ryerson scored in each half for Dortmund’s first league win at Bayern in 10 years.

Bayern, the 11-time defending champions, were left with the realisation they will most likely have to win the Champions League to avoid their first trophy less season since 2012.

Bayern face Arsenal away in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal on April 9.

If Leverkusen do go on to win the title, it will be the first time since Dortmund won back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2012 that a team other than Bayern have won it.

Leverkusen have only ever come close to winning it, finishing runners-up in 2011, 2002, 2000, 1999 and 1997. Leverkusen also lost German Cup and Champions League finals in 2002.

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