Bayern on roll, now target Dortmund
Bayern Munich may have equalled the record for the most wins at the start of a Bundesliga season, but Bastian Schweinsteiger insists they are out to break Borussia Dortmund's stranglehold on the league.
France winger Franck Ribery scored either side of half-time on Saturday as Bayern picked up their seventh consecutive victory with a 2-0 win against Hoffenheim. The last team to claim seven straight wins were Mainz in the 2010-11 season, while Bayern last did it in 1995-96 - but in both seasons Dortmund went on to win the title, as they have done for the past two years.
"We are out to break that sequence," said Schweinsteiger, as Bayern went five points clear at the top of the table with Dortmund fourth before yesterday's game at Hannover 96.
"We can't complain about a record of seven wins."
Bayern host Dortmund on December 1 in the Bundesliga, and Ribery said the Bavarians should just worry about their own form. "We have to be looking at ourselves, not at what Dortmund and other clubs are doing. I hope it continues this way until next year," he said.
Bayern suffered a 3-1 shock defeat at Bate Borisov last Tuesday in the Champions League - their first defeat in 10 competitive games this season - and Ribery said victory over Hoffenheim was the perfect response.
"It was important to win again after losing our last match. Defeats like Tuesday's do happen, but we've reacted well," he said ahead of the international break.
"And it's nice to keep a clean sheet as well. We have to keep it up now.
"It was important for our confidence, because a lot of players are off to their national teams now. We'll try and win all our games. Obviously it's not easy, but we have a good squad."