History beckons for unbeaten Bayern Munich
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