Welcome back to the Corner. The football season is drawing to a close and we have two new Champions this week. One was expected while the other one came as a surprise. PSV Eindhoven stunned PEC Zwolle to clinch the title on the final day. Elsewhere, Bayern Munich lived up to expectations as they secured their fourth consecutive title. This was the first time a German team had achieved this feat, a nice farewell gift for manager Pep Guardiola who is on his way to the Etihad.
Bayern secure fourth consecutive Bundesliga title
Manuel Neuer’s team-mates secured a record fourth consecutive Bundesliga title, with a game to spare, on Saturday after a 2-1 victory at Ingolstadt eased the disappointment of their midweek Champions League exit.
The Bavarians clinched a 26th German league crown, and their first silverware of the season, thanks to two goals from top scorer Robert Lewandowski in the first half.
Four days after their away-goals defeat by Atletico Madrid, Bayern went eight points clear of second-placed Borussia Dortmund who lost 1-0 at struggling Eintracht Frankfurt.
Bayern can secure the double when they meet Dortmund in the German Cup final on May 21 in Berlin.
Bayern Munich became the 1st team in history to win the Bundesliga 4 times in a row pic.twitter.com/zd2S4RaYBX— Bet9ja (@myBet9ja) 9 May 2016
PSV Eindhoven retained the title after their great rivals Ajax Amsterdam blew their chance when they failed to beat second-bottom De Graafschap in a dramatic final round of matches.
PSV won 3-1 at PEC Zwolle to move to 84 points from 34 games, lifting the title by two points from Ajax who were held to a 1-1 draw when victory would have made them champions on goal difference.
Luuk de Jong netted twice for PSV to take his season’s tally to 26 goals, one behind AZ Alkmaar’s Vincent Janssen.
While PSV manager Phillip Cocu and his men celebrated, it was a painful day for Ajax who had led the league for most of the season only to falter against De Graafschap, a team they had beaten in every match for the last 16 years.
Up and down
Now let’s see who made our up and down list from this past week’s action across Europe’s topflight leagues.
French international Alexandre Lacazette scored a superb hat-trick as Lyon sealed a place in next season’s Champions League by thumping 10-man Monaco 6-1 on home soil on Saturday.
Also on the up is Jamie Vardy. The England international notched his 23rd and 24th goals of the campaign against Everton and in doing so, equalled former Leicester star Gary Lineker’s long-standing record for most goals in a single top-flight season.
Vincent Company is down and out of the European Championships that take place this summer in France.
The Manchester City and Belgium midfielder will miss out after suffering a groin injury during his club’s Champions League semi-final second-leg defeat by Real Madrid.
We might be wrong
The season concludes next weekend and here you have our predictions for three selected matches but if you don’t agree with us, send us your predictions, using #TheCornerScores.
Chelsea 1-2 Leicester
Granada 0-4 Barcelona
Benfica 2-0 Nacional
We wrap up this episode with Claudio Ranieri as Leicester’s title celebrations spilled over into his post-match press conference at the King Power Stadium. Don’t forget to join us again next Monday for another edition of The Corner.