Gotze: It’s not such a bad thing

FC Bayern München midfielder Mario Gotze has shrugged off the delay of having to postpone their Bundesliga title party, saying they can now look forward to celebrating on home soil.

The champions-elect clinched a 2-0 victory over Hertha Berlin at Olympiastadion on Saturday, but with second-placed Dortmund also winning their clash, Bayern will have to wait one more week for the chance to confirm their title victory, against Champions League hopefuls Mönchengladbach.

Before then, however, Bayern will have to focus all of their attentions on the upcoming clash with Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semi-final first leg.

“Playing against Hertha is not a walk in the park,” Gotze was quoted as saying by the German Football Association website following Saturday’s win.

“They are a good side, especially at home on a pitch that was very slow. They defended quite deep and that always makes it difficult for us.

“We created very few chances, particularly in the first half.

“The most important thing for us was to collect the three points and we took another big step towards the title.

“Maybe this was even a good test for us, good preparation for Wednesday’s game. And perhaps it’s not such a bad thing that we can now win the Bundesliga title in our home stadium.”

Bayern hold a seven-point lead over Dortmund in the Bundesliga standings, with three matches remaining in the domestic campaign.