Bayern hunger with 'greed' for their 23rd Bundesliga title

Side are poised to break their record for earliest confirmed title win in match with Frankfurt

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 06 April, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 06 April, 2013, 5:24am


"Greedy" Bayern Munich are hungry to wrap up the Bundesliga title this weekend as victory at Eintracht Frankfurt today would see them confirmed champions for the 23rd time.

If they beat Frankfurt, Bayern will break their own record for the earliest confirmed title win with six games left and are just nine short of Dortmund's record of 81, set last May, for the most points in a campaign.

With a 20-point lead at the top of the table from rivals Dortmund, a win at Frankfurt would make it impossible for Borussia to deny Munich the title, having dominated the league from the start by winning their first eight games.

Having routed Hamburg 9-2 at Munich's Allianz Arena last Saturday, Bayern were only denied the league title by Dortmund's win in Stuttgart, but this weekend Munich have their destiny in their own hands.

"This time we are not dependent on anyone to be German champions," said director of sport Matthias Sammer, with Bayern chasing their first title since May 2010.

"If it happens, no one should be unhappy about it, just feel the joy after all the hard work which has been put in. We'll probably have to celebrate a bit differently, rather than partying until morning, because Juventus wait for us on Wednesday."

With Bayern holding a 2-0 first-leg lead for Tuesday's first leg in Munich, they travel to Turin for the return leg against Juventus on Wednesday in the Champions League. Sammer says the side are hungry for silverware. "You can see the greed of this team for what they have already achieved, they want more," he said.

"It requires a high-level of responsibility, especially from the captain Philipp Lahm and Bastian Schweinsteiger.

"That means we will have to stay disciplined after the match in Frankfurt and on our return to Munich, but that's what we expect and that is what will happen."