Bayern chase a record
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