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Bayer Leverkusen win first Bundesliga title in their 120 year history

Bayer Leverkusen have won first Bundesliga title in their 120 history. The team recorded a comprehensive 5:0 victory over Werder Bremen on Sunday and celebrated the acheivement prematurely, as there are another 5 league games remaining of the season, but Bayer enjoys a 16 point lead over 2nd-placed Bayern Munich. Florian Wirtz scored a hat-trick in the clash against Werder, extending his season tally to 17 goals and 18 assists in all competitions.

Xabi Alonso’s team is still in the fight for two other trophies – DFB Pokal, where they meet Kaiserslautern in the final, and Europa League, where Leverkusen holds a two-goal lead from the 1st quarter-finals meeting with West Ham. What is even more impressive is the fact that, the Spanish manager took over Bayer year and a half ago when they were 2nd to last in the standings, without ever managing a senior side, joining from Real Socieded B. 557 days later his Bayer Leverkusen has gone unbeaten in 43 consecutive matches and has clincled 1st Bundesliga title. On the historical achievement Alonso shared: “This is a very special moment for the club. Winning the Bundesliga for the first time in 120 years is something very special. The players are top. I am very proud of everyone”.

The Spanish specialist recently extended his contract and will remain in Leverkusen next term amid plenty of interest from Europe’s big guns. Next for Bayer is a trip to London for the return leg against West Ham on Thursday in Europa League.