His­tory beck­ons for un­beaten Bay­ern Mu­nich

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BAY­ERN Mu­nich can claim their sec­ond mile­stone of the week to­day at home to Augs­burg with the Bun­desliga’s 30year-old record for the long­est un­beaten run set to fall.

The Euro­pean cham­pi­ons can claim a new record of 37 matches if they win or draw at home to Bavar­ian neigh­bours Augs­burg, who are 13th in the league, at the Al­lianz Arena.

“You don’t start play­ing foot­ball to break records but once the op­por­tu­nity is there, you’re ob­vi­ously go­ing to try and take it,” said Bay­ern cap­tain Philipp Lahm,

“We’ve put in a lot of hard work to get to this point and if you look at the his­tory of the Bun­desliga, go­ing so many games with­out los­ing is some­thing that just doesn’t re­ally hap­pen.”

Bay­ern matched Ham­burg’s record of 36 matches with­out de­feat, set in Jan­uary 1983, when they won 2-1 at Hof­fen­heim last Satur­day.

But while Ham­burg won 20 of their 36 games, Bay­ern have claimed 30 vic­to­ries in the same num­ber of matches, scor- ing 95 goals to Ham­burg’s 88 and leak­ing just 21, com­pared to Ham­burg’s 38.

”It seems that it’s a sea­son when ev­ery record can be chal­lenged or beaten,” beamed Bay­ern chair­man Karl-Heinz Rum­menigge, who was an ac­tive player when Ham­burg set the 30-year-old record.

“At the time, I con­grat­u­lated ( Ham­burg full- back) Manni Kaltz and ( cen­tre for­ward) Horst Hrubesch on a record I thought would stand for eter­nity. “Now we’re level with it.” Pep Guardi­ola can also set a new per­sonal record of 12 games un­beaten, the best Bun­desliga start by a coach at a new club.

If Augs­burg were look­ing for a fil­lip to en­cour­age them, it wasn’t com­ing in the news that Ar­jen Robben could fea­ture for the cham­pi­ons on the right wing fol­low­ing a groin strain.

Guardi­ola’s main de­ci­sion will be who to start up front. He picked at­tack­ing mid­fielder Mario Goetze as a lone for­ward at Pilsen but sub­sti­tute Mario Mandzu­kic, the Croa­tia striker, came on to score the win­ner.

Sec­ond- placed Borus­sia Dort­mund will hope to bounce back from their Cham­pi­ons League mid-week home de­feat to Arse­nal with a trip to resur­gent Wolfs­burg.

Hav­ing won their last three games, Wolves are up to fifth in the ta­ble, but are with­out Brazil­ian play- maker Diego, who is suf­fer­ing from a rib in­jury. – Sapa-AFP

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