There will be no Bayern Munich celebrations should they secure the Bundesliga title with victory over Augsburg on Saturday, according to coach Jupp Heynckes. Bayern did it with five rounds to spare, allowing the team to focus on the Champions League and German Cup for the rest of the season.
2 - This is just the second time in Bundesliga history - and first in 24 years - a team has gone on to win the title having previously sacked their manager during the season.
Bayern were five points adrift when Carlo Ancelotti was sacked as head coach last September, but 72-year-old Jupp Heynckes who replaced him credited the players with turning Bayern's fortunes around. They have therefore conquered a 28th German title - their 27th of the Bundesliga era - and the sixth in a row.
In the end, 4-1 was how the score ended as Bayern clinched their sixth straight title in emphatic fashion.
"It's a special moment, because we now know we're champions", said Ribery, who has now won the Bundesliga eight times since joining in 2007.
A championship decider on the road would be anything but a first for Bayern Munich who have claimed ten of their last 11 Bundesliga titles on foreign soil.
Once again it was away from home.
"We'll find an opportunity to celebrate later and do it hard!"
"He's not only a great coach but a great person", Heynckes said.
Sergio Cordova's shot was saved by Sven Ulreich, but bounced up into the face of Niklas Sule and rolled into the empty net, to make it 1-0.
Bayern, though, were back on level terms after 32 minutes when midfielder Tolisso nodded in after a deep cross in from the right by Joshua Kimmich.
James put the visitors in front before the break, scoring from close range after Juan Bernat deflected Kimmich's cross into his path.
Cologne captain Jonas Hector headed his side into an early lead, but Pablo De Blasis equalized to keep Mainz six points clear of the home side.