Bayern Munich bosses issue title challenge after Bayer Leverkusen's Bundesliga triumph

Bayer 04 Leverkusen v SV Werder Bremen - Bundesliga
Bayer 04 Leverkusen v SV Werder Bremen - Bundesliga / Rene Nijhuis/MB Media/GettyImages

Bayern Munich bosses were quick to congratulate Bayer Leverkusen following their historic Bundesliga triumph on Sunday, but also warned that they will be back to fight for the Meisterschale next season.

Bayer Leverkusen clinched the Bundesliga title on Sunday evening with an emphatic 5-0 win over Werder Bremen, officially ending Bayern Munich's 11-year reign at the top of German football. Xabi Alonso's side have put together an incredible season, and are still unbeaten with just five games left to play in the Bundesliga.

After Bayer Leverkusen won the Bundesliga title on Sunday, club president Herbert Hainer made it clear that Bayern's goal now is to bring the Salatschüssel back to Munich next season. "Congratulations to Bayer Leverkusen on a historic first Bundesliga title in the club’s history. The goal for FC Bayern now is: the trophy must come back to Munich! We’ll see each other in the new season.”

Bayern Munich CEO Jan-Christian Dreesen also congratulated Bayer Leverkusen for their success, but also warned that they will work even harder to get back to the top of the Bundesliga next season. "They've had a flawless season so far, the team have demonstrated courage, class and consistency, and that's why they deserve to be 2024 German champions. I'd also like to offer my personal congratulations to my counterpart Fernando Carro as well as our former player Xabi Alonso. However, one thing's for sure: we take this as a direct incentive to work even harder and not rest until the trophy is back on Säbener Straße in Munich," Dreesen said.

While Bayern Munich's record breaking reign as Bundesliga champions is now over, Thomas Tuchel's side are still in contention in the UEFA Champions League. Bayern have a crunch quarterfinal second leg against Arsenal coming up on Wednesday, and a win would go a long way in helping the club get over their Bundesliga disappointment.