Bay­ern chase a record

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - SPORT -

BAY­ERN Mu­nich have their eyes set on equalling a 30-yearold record for the Bun­desliga’s long­est un­beaten run as they pre­pare to go to Hof­fen­heim to­day.

Fol­low­ing their tre­blewin­ning 2012-13 cam­paign in which they broke one record af­ter another, the out­go­ing Jupp Heynckes ap­peared to have left his suc­ces­sor Pep Guardi­ola with a thank­less task.

But Guardi­ola has picked up where Heynckes left off and has al­ready equalled Bay­ern’s long­est un­beaten start to a Bun­desliga sea­son, set in 1968/69.

As a re­sult, the reign­ing cham­pi­ons are now un­de­feated in their do­mes­tic league in 35 games in over a year and a draw or a win at the RheinNeckar- Arena in Sin­sheim to­day will see them match the pre­vi­ous best mark set by Ham­burg be­tween Jan­uary 1982 and Jan­uary 1983.

“Our tar­get and am­bi­tion is to take all three points in Hof f e nheim,” l eft- back David Alaba ,

said this week.

“But ob­vi­ously, we know Hof­fen­heim will make it as hard as they can for us in front of their home crowd. Hof­fen­heim are much stronger com­pared to last sea­son and they’re play­ing well as a team.”

Bay­ern have won eight and drawn two of their open­ing 10 games to sit a point clear of Dort­mund and Bayer Lev­erkusen at the top of the standings and that trio have al­ready opened up a gap on the pack be­low. Like Bay­ern, Lev­erkusen have records in sight this weekend, as a win at strug­gling Ein­tra­cht Braun­schweig will make this their best start to a sea­son in 34 years in the Bun­desliga.

Sami Hyypia’s side, who saw Lars Ben­der sign a con­tract ex­ten­sion this week un­til 2019, should prove too strong for Braun­schweig, who have won just once so far in what is their first top- flight cam­paign in more than a quar­ter of a cen­tury.

In other games, Schalke warm up for their Cham­pi­ons League trip to face Chelsea by tak­ing on fifth-place Hertha Ber­lin, and strug­gling duo Nurem­berg and Freiburg are both still look­ing for their first win of the sea­son as they meet in Fran­co­nia. – Sapa-AFP

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