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Tuesday May 12, 2009

Bayern get chance to head table for first time

BERLIN: Champions Bayern Munich could move to the top of the Bundesliga for the first time this season when they take on Bayer Leverkusen today.

Bayern, who axed Juergen Klins-mann in late April, beat Energie Cottbus 3-1 on Saturday to join leaders VfL Wolfsburg on 60 points.

The win was the second in a row for Heynckes and with only three games left to play Bayern now trail Wolfsburg only on goal difference (two goals).

While Bayern will aim to score two goals more than their main title contenders, they are also aware that with four teams separated by just two points anything can happen.

“It was important to get all three points (against Cottbus)“, said the club’s general director Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

“I think it has never in the history of the Bundesliga been as tight at the top.

“It would be wise not to be too euphoric. We can be champions but we can also slip down to fourth.”

Bayern suffered one of their most stinging defeats of the season when Leverkusen crushed them 4-2 with a dazzling display of attacking soccer in the German Cup quarter-finals.

However, with the title still unexpectedly up for grabs, Leverkusen in a rut and Bayern playmaker Franck Ribery fully fit, Heynckes will grab any chance he can get.

Wolfsburg are at home to in-form Borussia Dortmund, who have climbed to fifth on 55 points after a seven-match winning streak. — Reuters

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