Pep emotional as season nears its end

Bayern coach Pep Guardiola reflected on his remarkable tenure at the club, praising his players for what they are close to achieving.

The reigning Bundesliga champions are on the verge of a fourth consecutive Bundesliga title, a feat never before achieved in German football.

With only three matches left in the season and seven points separating the lreaders from second placed Dortmund, losing the title is dependent on a collapse of historic proportions. 

Head coach Pep Guardiola, who bids his team farewell at the end of the season as he leaves to take over at Manchester City, saw his side edge a step closer to the record this weekend with a win over Hertha Berlin.

Following the match, the Spaniard gave an emotional press conference, revealing his love for both the club and the country.

"Germany and Bayern will always stay in my heart," he said. "I have been so happy here. It has been great for my life and for my family.

"It was incredible, my time in Germany and Munich. I'm just so thankful to everybody.

"I have learned so much here at Bayern." said the 45 year old. "Working with these players has made me learn so much. Not just as a coach, but also as a human being.

"These players are really, really amazing. To win one title, everybody can do that. But to to stay so long at the top is not easy," he said.

"It isn't easy to win and win and win for four years in a row, when you are playing every three days. I was so lucky to have this experience with these guys.

"Berlin is always special,' said Guardiola. "I won my first Bundesliga title here, and we have made a huge step here today towards defending our crown."

Guardiola has the opportunity to end his time in Munich with two trophies. His side take on the only club who managed to remain a threat to their league title aspirations this season, Borrusia Dortmund, in the DFB Cup final on 21 May.

"Next month, I'll be back here for the DFB Cup Final against Borussia Dortmund, which could be my last ever game in charge of Bayern. I hope it isn't but it could be."