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Fresh from successes in Spain, Bayern and Dortmund get back to Bundesliga

Fresh from strong wins in Spain, both teams will be keen to set more home records

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 27 April, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 27 April, 2013, 4:59am

Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund get back to Bundesliga business today, fresh from their midweek Champions League semi-final triumphs, and with both teams set to rotate their squads ahead of the return legs.

With Bayern having long-since been confirmed as league champions and Dortmund eight points clear of the chasing pack in second, both teams can be forgiven for being preoccupied by their forthcoming trips to Spain.

Bayern demolished Barcelona at Munich's Allianz Arena on Tuesday and goalscorers Thomas Mueller, who netted twice, Mario Gomez and Arjen Robben can expect to sit out the home match against Freiburg.

On Wednesday, Dortmund followed the Bavarians' example by flooring Real Madrid 4-1 at Signal Iduna Park with Poland striker Robert Lewandowski becoming the first player to score four goals in a Champions League semi-final.

Despite their 20-point lead in the league and seven Bundesliga records broken, captain Philipp Lahm has said Bayern are eager for a few more. "We want to crack one or two more records, we don't want to let up," Lahm said ahead of Wednesday's Champions League semi-final, second-leg at Barcelona.

Bayern need just one more point to claim the record for the most points in a league season, as their current tally of 81 points matches Dortmund's record haul from last season.

With four games left, Bayern are 12 short of beating their own record of 101 for the most goals in a season, set in 1972. Having conceded only 14 goals all season, they are also on course to break their own Bundesliga record of 21, from 2007-2008, for the fewest goals leaked in a campaign.

Freiburg, fifth in the league, are looking to bounce back from back-to-back defeats to VfB Stuttgart in the German Cup, then the league, and need points to keep their dreams of a European place alive.

Dortmund are at strugglers Fortuna Duesseldorf tonight with right-back Lukasz Piszczek out of the game and is struggling to be fit for Tuesday's return match in Madrid.

"He will definitely miss the Duesseldorf game and it will be tight for the Real match," said Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp, with his team travelling to Madrid for Tuesday's return match in the Champions League.

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