Bayern turn focus to beating own record

Bayern Munich may have wrapped up the Bundesliga title in record time - but there are other goals for them to pursue.

Bayern Munich's Swiss midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri c

Pep Guardiola's men secured their 24th league crown in midweek, celebrating the earliest title success in the league's history on the pitch after a 3-1 victory at Hertha Berlin.

However, the champions will have to wait until May 10 to collect the trophy, with the league confirming that it will be presented at the Allianz Arena following Bayern's final fixture of the season, against relegation-threatened Stuttgart.

In the meantime, the Bavarian giants, who lead second-placed Borussia Dortmund by 25 points with just seven games to play, have other milestones in their sights.

Ahead of Saturday's visit of mid-table Hoffenheim, Bayern are bidding to become the first Bundesliga team to remain unbeaten throughout the season.

In addition, they are aware that they need 15 points from their remaining fixtures to beat last year's record points tally of 91.

Guardiola may be tempted to rotate his team ahead of next week's Champions League quarter-final first leg match against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Striker Mario Mandzukic and central defender Holger Badstuber may have to prove their fitness if they are to be involved in Saturday's contest at the Allianz Arena.

Opponents Hoffenheim pose a goal threat - only Bayern have scored more than them in the league this season.

However, Markus Gisdol's men have the Bundesliga's worst defensive record, despite occupying a comfortable 10th position.

The visitors go into the game boosted by the news that striker Roberto Firmino has signed a new deal which commits him to the club until 2017.

The Brazilian, who has scored 13 goals in the Bundesliga this season, said: "I feel very much at home here - I like the path that the club is on.

"We play exciting football, the team spirit is great and I will continue working hard to help the team as much as I can in the future."



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