Bayern Munich on the brink of 22nd title

Bayern Munich will not be in the mood for celebration, even if they do wrap up their 22nd Bundesliga title this weekend.

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Should Borussia Dortmund fail to win in Stuttgart, Bayern can clinch the title by beating Hamburg on Saturday evening.

However, other than the usual post-victory acknowledgement of their fans inside the Allianz Arena, it will be a case of taking a quick shower and preparing for their next big task rather than popping the champagne corks.

"As soon as the final whistle blows, our concentration will turn to the difficult and highly-interesting Champions League quarter-final against Juventus," said Bayern's chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

"We want to try to continue along the same path we took in 2010 and 2012 without any deviations."

Nevertheless, Bayern are on the verge of clinching the title sooner than any team before them.

Even if southern Germany rivals Stuttgart do them a favour by taking points off Dortmund, Bayern still have to work hard for the title, said coach Jupp Heynckes.

"Hamburg are an unpredictable side and on a good day, they play fantastic football," he said.

"We must not make the mistake of taking the second step before we have taken the first."

Hamburg are led by a familiar face with Thorsten Fink pulling the strings in northern Germany.

He brings with him some fond memories too as he was part of the last Bayern side to win the Champions League in 2001 and won the Bundesliga four times in Bayern's colours.

There is no room for nostalgia on Saturday, though, as he seeks three points to boost Hamburg's hopes of playing in Europe themselves next season.

"I played 150 games for Bayern, winning numerous trophies and titles and it was certainly a defining time in my career, but I have already given them a lot back," he said on the Bavarian club's website.

"Maybe we can spring a surprise, and of course that's what we want tomorrow [Saturday].

"To be honest, I'm sure Bayern can cope with the pain of having to celebrate winning the league a week later."



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