Bayern Send Xabi Alonso and Philipp Lahm Out In Style

Bayern Send Xabi Alonso and Philipp Lahm Out In Style

Bayern Send Xabi Alonso and Philipp Lahm Out In Style

Midfielder Xabi Alonso, 35, as well as caretaker Tom Starke, 36, were also offered with gifts as they prepare to retire.

Philipp Lahm joined Bayern Munich as an 11-year old, and except for a two season loan spell in 2003-2005 to Stuttgart, the German International has remained with the Bavarians ever since.

"We played well and we closed the season well", Ancelotti said.

He was not the only Bayern star to get a good drenching - assistant coach Hermann Gerland managed to dump all three litres over Lahm, who was giving a live TV interview.

A sold-out Allianz Arena paid homage to Lahm on Saturday as he captained the team one last time and wrapped up his 250th Bundesliga victory. The fans in the stadium and the celebration in Marienplatz. One thing I set out to do though was especially to enjoy every minute, every hour, every day, every training session and every game. The last concentrated warm-up together. I've always seen football as a big collective, setting goals for the fans and the staff. "Because that's what I was, without wishing to sound arrogant".

'I never made the step back to the national team after that incident. But the Spaniard did win a World Cup and two Euro titles to go along with two trophies at Liverpool, four at Real Madrid and four more at Bayern Munich.

"It was amusing, I expected this but it was not only Robben and I have clear in mind which players did the shower to me", he said. "However, my first competitive appearance for the club in the Champions League was an unforgettable moment". Even though Guardiola failed to deliver the elusive Champions League to the club in his 3-year long stint, he did metamorphose the abilities of a few of the club players, especially of Philipp Lahm, to an all new level. Former Bayern player Nils Petersen scored on a quick counter to put Freiburg right back into the game. There were too many emotions from dealing with the retirements and the championship.

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